Comments on: Expanding the Conversation about the Chesapeake http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Kristen Kiselewich http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20213 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:24:40 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20213 What’s so neat is that you can literally “feel” the passion radiating from the posts from the Expedition! I love it. Pictures are good, and I like how everyone put a personal spin on his/her post. Like how you included links as well (I definitely want to find out more about the Accokeek Foundation).

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By: Charles http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20212 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 15:11:03 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20212 Do this an an annual event to help maintain awareness of Bay problems and progress (or lack of any progress – NONaction by feds & states who generally go soft on Bay polluters but otherwise do a lot of photogenic “we must” hand-wringing).

But I bet lots of people would join you, esp if you involve other activity groups like Washington Area Bike Association. Get some dilettante TV reporters to come along, too; they think ratings.

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By: Jim Fraser http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20211 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 19:45:29 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20211 This is a great idea for getting the public involved in the EPA… and an opportunity for the ELN group to get public input concerning the Bay. I like that you call them “listening sessions”.

I’ll be very interested to read about the public interaction during your trip. Good luck and have fun.

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By: Elizabeth Van Riper http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20210 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:46:26 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20210 I think your position sounds very interesting. I like the idea of bringing awareness and dialogue about our environmental issues to our communities in a form that is accessible. Obvisouly the science. technology and politics are important, but helping people understand the vocabulary and issues on a visceral and personal level will motivate personal engagement. When they feel they understand the stakes and what they can do to participate on an individual basis, they are more likely to take action. Keep up getting the word out there…Enjoy the Bay trip…that is a story in itself!

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By: Peter Fargo http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20209 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:19:16 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20209 Hi Patricia — thanks for your interest! I’m one of the ELN coordinators for our Chesapeake Bay Expedition. I’m sure you could keep up if you trained since May, as the 18 athletes have been doing. We do have contingencies for emergencies, and much more, thanks to our experienced guides from Georgetown University Outdoor Education. Looking forward to more of your comments and questions!

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By: Scott Fraser http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20208 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:29:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20208 Thanks Michael, we think so too! Here’s a link to a website that gives more info on how to follow along with the Expedition via Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.

http://epa.gov/epahome/bayexpedition.html

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By: Scott Fraser http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20207 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:21:30 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20207 Thanks Stephanie! I am amazed at how long it’s taken my back to heal from just a minor “tweak” but I’m sure anyone that’s experienced a herniated disk can attest to how much of a drag it is. My back has gotten better, as has areas of the Chesapeake Bay’s health, but unfortunately for the Bay it will take a much longer time than a few months to completely heal.

By creating awareness of the issues that surround this amazing resource, more people will begin to learn and appreciate the Bay and actively participate in its restoration. Whether it’s working on policies at the highest level, like President Obama’s Executive Order, or simply choosing a more sustainable alternative to fertilizing your lawn or recycling that plastic bottle instead of tossing it out, there’s something that everyone can do to contribute.

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By: Scott Fraser http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20206 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:11:14 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20206 Thanks for your encouragement Lindsey! I once lamented over my slow triathlon finish time to a race organizer, and he said, “You claimed victory at the starting line.”

Well I feel that in some ways we are at the starting line with expanding the conversation on protecting the Bay. There’s been a lot of great restoration work done to improve conditions, as evidenced by the Bay Health Index score increasing from 38.8% in 2008 to 45.1% in 2009 of goal achieved (see http://www.chesapeakebay.net). But the overall poor health of the Bay means we’ve got to do more. And by “we” I mean everybody and especially those in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

There’s a lot you can learn from the people who are most passionate about this ecological gem right from their back yards! Thank you for joining the conversation.

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By: Lindsey Campbell http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20205 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:26:00 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20205 Scott,

First of all, props to you for battling triathlons. They aren’t easy, and it takes a lot of determination and hard work to just COMPLETE one.

Second, I think it’s awesome that you’re getting “testimonials” from people who live around and use the Chesapeake Bay. These are the people that can reiterate just important protecting it and maintaining it is. In fact, this wind energy company used testimonials from people living in wind farm towns to convince other towns resistant to wind farms to change their minds. All in all, I’d say the method is effective.

Awesome job! Keep up the good work.

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By: Michael Nolan Raleigh http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2010/08/eln-expedition-summary/#comment-20204 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:32:14 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=3631#comment-20204 Wow. This sounds like a great idea. Michael Nolan Raleigh NC

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