Special Opinion by Nicki Tiffany
Tourism on the Eastern Shore has steadily increased over the past few years as people are looking for more ways to “get back to nature” and find quiet refuges from the hustle and bustle of busy lives. My husband and I moved here because of the great hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, biking, birdwatching, camping, etc., and we love showing it off to friends and family when they visit.
Unfortunately, not too far off that beaten path, especially on the upper Shore, visitors and residents are confronted with huge industrial chicken houses, and all of the pollution that goes along with them: air/smell, runoff into the streams and bay or ocean, unsightliness, etc., which may give them second thoughts about eating those oysters or blue crabs at the restaurants later on. How disappointing!
Although I understand the economic ramifications of locating the CAFOs and processing plants here on the Shore, the jobs generated, etc., there must be better practices put in place to manage the effects of these places! Starting to use the Columbia Aquifer is a good beginning. However, if Tyson truly wants to be a “good neighbor” on the Shore, there are many more steps that need to be taken, including all chicken farmers using more sustainable practices.
Please let’s keep the Eastern Shore a great place to visit so that others can share our natural beauty.