The main objective of the EPA's pollution diet is to reduce the bay's sediment, phosphorous and nitrogen loads. Therefore, I am mystified as to why the bay foundation is not concerned about the impact of major storms like Lee and Hurricane Sandy. Instead, the bay foundation has downplayed the impact of major storms. In an October 31 press release, Ms. McGee said, "Last year's storms Irene and Lee significantly increased pollution in the bay, yet this summer's dead zone was the second smallest since record-keeping began in 1985. This is a clear indication that the bay can handle a fall assault." Ms. McGee does not mention that sediment from last year's storms choked the bay oyster crop north of the Bay Bridge. Additionally, this year's rockfish spawn ranked as the lowest in 59 years. To infer that neither oyster mortality nor a poor juvenile rockfish population is a consequence of last year's storms fails to pass the straight face test.