We urge county officials to look south for examples of what can be gained by working with, rather than fighting, the regional plan to reduce pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
Talbot County wanted to help the Bay, but also worried about estimated costs of ramping up this necessary work. Talbot officials decided to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and state and federal agencies. Working collaboratively, Talbot and the various groups are testing an innovative way to reduce pollution by using existing farm and street-side ditches to slow and filter polluted runoff. As a result, Talbot was able to cut part of its original cost estimate, which had been on par with Cecil, by more than 90 percent.
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