The week that was, 5/9-15/2010

Image source: NASA. Click on the Maryland blue crab for an Earth Observatory article about habitat loss, water quality problems and the state of the fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay. Or click on the President's executive order, or hyper link to the plan summary (right), to read about last week's unveiling of a 15-year-long restoration program for America's largest estuary

“The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure.” — Barack Obama, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration, Executive Order, May 12, 2010

The plan is both ambitious and vague … –– “Obama administration announces Chesapeake Bay strategy,”  Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, May 13, 2010

This time …  the EPA is legally obligated to achieve the goals established in the settlement.Chesapeake Bay settlement has EPA agreeing to enforce pollution reduction goals,” Washington Post, May 12, 2010

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation settled its suit against the federal Environmental