Can Tourism Revenue Inspire Environmental Cleanup?

By Carrie Madren

If cleaning up our ecosystems for the health of the planet doesn’t motivate action, perhaps we should consider this: investing in our ecosystems is investing in future tourism. Tourism, which brings in millions of dollars to our local economies, relies on a clean environment.

People expect to come to Maryland and Virginia to eat local crabs and local oysters, says Alison Prost, Maryland office attorney with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Fishing guides, including outfitters along Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia’s rivers— must have healthy fish and clean water to attract business. Likewise, pristine views are hardly pristine if they include fish kills or gobs of algae.

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