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Growth adds to Chesapeake clean-up challenge [Letter]

The Sun's editorial regarding the slow progress in clean up the Chesapeake Bay ("State of the Chesapeake," Dec. 5) made some excellent points, but it missed an important one.

Since serious efforts at reducing the nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment entering the bay began a few decades ago, several million more people have been added to the bay's watershed. And it is people — all of us — who are the ultimate cause of the bay's problems. Against this head wind of population and development, the fact that we have made any progress at all should be a cause for optimism that we are heading in the right direction.

George Kaplan, Colora

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