Environmental Groups Hope New Tool Will Improve Accountability On The Bay | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Environmental Groups Hope New Tool Will Improve Accountability On The Bay

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

Efforts to clean up the Chesapeake bay have long suffered from an accountability problem. But that may be changing.

For decades, states and the Environmental Protection Agency have been making and breaking promises to clean up the Bay. Last year, they began making commitments with 2 year horizons. That way at least the public could find out if promises were being kept before the people who made them left office.

Now, a new online system called Chesapeake Stat is providing data on spending, water quality and progress toward specific goals to help further improve accountability.

Beth McGee, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a group that was, up until last month, suing the EPA for failing to clean the Bay, says the new transparency will be useful.

"We've tried to look at how the states are doing relative to what they committed last year and this year and it was really difficult with the info that's currently available to track that," says McGee.

So far, McGee says it appears progress on this round of 2 year goals has been mixed.

NPR

'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.