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Carbon Offsets Inspire Innovative Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Plan

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:15pm
We've always said carbon offsets were an innovative way to fight global warming - now that innovation has inspired a new program to clean up water pollution as well.According to the Chesapeake Bay Journal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service recently awarded a $500,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and several partners to develop a "nutrient neutral fund," tentatively named the Chesapeake Clean Water Fund.

The new approach is patterned after existing voluntary carbon markets, and scientists are hoping that the program will accomplish what they've been trying to do for years with little success: reduce nutrient runoff. Runoff, especially agricultural nitrogen, contributes to habitat loss for many creatures in the Chesapeake Bay, including the famed oysters,which are down to about 2% of their historical levels. makes it easy and affordable for any individual or business to reduce their carbon footprint to zero.
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