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types of land usesWon't all those people living in the watershed have a large impact on the Bay?

Yes, they certainly will. The biggest problem is the change in land use. All of those people (that's you and me by the way) have to live somewhere. We go to work, to school, to church, to shopping malls, and to the grocery store. And we want to have fun! We cut down trees, pave roads and parking lots and build houses, malls, schools, etc. By changing the landscape we change the way the natural system works. Consequently, there is more soil erosion, more polluted run off from paved surfaces, higher volumes of water rushing through streams during storms and our natural systems have less capability of buffering these impacts---not to mention all of the water we use and the wastewater we produce.

 


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