The price of saving the bay: Measures could cost Gloucester residents $663 a year

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Nov 23, 2010 - 04:49 PM

Gloucester residents may have to pay as much as $663 per person each year to help keep the Chesapeake Bay healthy.

John Carlock, deputy executive director of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, presented the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load and Watershed Implementation Plan to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors during its meeting Nov. 16.

The federal plan impacts all states bordering the bay, as well as Washington D.C., and requires them to come up with water quality improvement plans.

Carlock said the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed "Chesapeake Bay diet," that will set pollution limits in and near the bay, may cost Hampton Roads citizens as much as $1,400 per household each year.

The plan addresses urban/suburban storm water runoff, agricultural runoff (non-point sources), and discharge point sources.