Our Bay: This week's take: Stimulus could build green ...Annapolis Capital - Annapolis,MD,USA
Opportunities to use stimulus money to create jobs by planting more green infrastructure abound, Claggett says. The goal of the federal-state Chesapeake restoration is to line 70 percent of all streams and rivers feeding the bay with forested buffers at least 35 feet wide.
To date, about 6,100 miles of buffers have been planted, which leaves a whopping 22,000 miles to go. In addition, many cities have a goal of increasing their tree canopies to improve air quality.
The stimulus plan puts a premium on financing traditional infrastructure, such as roads and bridges that are "shovel ready," to get the economy moving quickly.