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CBF Issues Statement on Budget Amendment that Would Eliminate Money for Chesapeake Bay Clean-up Plan

chesapeake-bay-region.jpgThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement regarding Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte's notice that he intends to file an amendment to the fiscal 2011 funding bill. According to CBF that amendment would eliminate all Environmental Protection Agency funding to "develop, promulgate, evaluate, implement, provide oversight to," Bay clean-up efforts under the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

 "How unfortunate that Congressman Goodlatte, who represents one of the States that would benefit most from a healthy Chesapeake Bay, is seeking to torpedo the Bay restoration plan before its ink is scarcely dry. The cleanup plan, finalized just weeks ago, is the result of years of intense work, community outreach, and consensus agreement among scientists, policymakers, and leaders in six states. It follows decades of widely acknowledged failure to restore a national treasure that multiple presidents, governors, and members of Congress have pledged to restore and that millions of voters have consistently said they support.

"A successful Chesapeake Bay restoration plan simply must have a fully supportive and involved federal partner. As history has shown, the Bay states cannot do it alone. The Bay TMDL may well represent the Bay's best and last chance for restoration. Its goal is to restore clean water to the Chesapeake and to tributaries such as the Shenandoah River, a polluted river flowing through Congressman Goodlatte's own district, by 2025. Pollution has resulted in fish kills, dead zones, and impacts to human health, as well as costing jobs and damaging local economies. CBF fervently hopes the Goodlatte amendment will be defeated."

CBF has partnered with the International Sustainability Council and Audubon Lifestyles to promote the Sustainability Campaign, with the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as a high priority ecological region and a model approach to implementing sustainability.


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How Can I Improve My Gas Mileage With My Tires?

Tire Pressure

Proper tire inflation is an important part of optimizing your vehicle for good gas mileage. Under inflated tires can cut your mileage by as much as 6 percent, according to some studies. Add to that 6 percent the one mile per gallon you lose when you operate your air conditioner and it's clear that you really want to check your tire pressure to increase gas mileage. Other ways to use your tires to increase mileage include driving steadily, with no jackrabbit starts or sudden braking. Fuel efficient tires are also an excellent way to improve gas mileage even more.

Some believe that gas mileage and tire size seem to be related in terms of how you measure the mileage factor. Your odometer may reflect better mileage with bigger tires. Some experts refute this by pointing out that larger tires will make the odometer read a greater distance traveled-unless the odometer is recalibrated for the larger tires.

Informed drivers know that you can improve gas mileage by about 3.3 percent with properly inflated tires. Those in the know understand that in the summer, tire pressure goes up when a tire gets hot, and you should never trust a tire gauge reading after you have been driving around. Let the tires cool for a few hours before getting a reading. In the winter, of course, the inverse goes into effect. Cold weather will lower your pressure. Just letting your tires sit unused you will see a reduction in pressure month to month. This will affect your gas mileage in the end, unless you check your tire pressure regularly and keep tires inflated to their proper psi.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council

The Daily Green

The Paramus Post

Sustainability Campaign

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