This was an interview with Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper,
paxriverkeeper.org.

cameras used;
nikon d7000, panasonic tm700.

title sequence: motion 4
editing: fcp

Questions discussed:

Q1:
Please talk about your upbringing, experiences leading to your Riverkeeping position, and the history of the area.

Q2:
You are also the Patuxent River Commisioner. What is that?

Q3:
You were President of the Conservation Federation of Maryland. What did they do?

Q4:
Are you also an Appalachian Trail volunteer?

Do you know Charlie Graf?
(vimeo.com/19524263)

Q5:
You were president of the Patuxent River Civic Association. What did they do?

Q6:
Can you talk about the Bernie Fowler Award you won?

Q7:
Can you talk about the Patuxent River, generally? For example, how long is it?

Q8:
What do the boundaries of the Patuxent River look like? Is it mostly trees, like we have here?

Q9:
Of course, it just rained, but this water behind looks very brown. Is
there a sedimentation problem in the Patuxent River?

Q10:
You mentioned that large ships-of-the-line once sailed on the Patuxent River. How is it that so much sedimentation can occur?

Q11:
Some people call sediment a form of pollution. Why is that?

Q12: What are some of the quantities you measure to understand
pollution on the Patuxent River?

Q13:
From a post on paxriverkeeper.org, dated 2011-05-04
(paxriverkeeper.org/update-the-most-chronic-patuxent-violators/05/04/2011):

Using the online EPA database ECCO, legal intern Martin Saunders found these "most chronic" violators:

Arcal Chemicals, Dorsey Run Advanced WWTP, Fort Meade WWTP, Harwood
Landfill Inc., Maryland Manor Mobile Homes, MD & VA Milk Producers
Coop Association, Mirant Chalk Point LLC, Parkway WWTP, Patuxent Wildlife Research, Piney Orchard WWTP, Western Branch WWTP.

Q14:
What percentage of the Patuxent River's pollution is coming from wastewater treatment plants?

Q15:
How does that 75% non-point source pollution break down?

For example, is some of it due to animal waste from farms?

What is a CAFO?

Q16:
You mentioned environmental laws. Are they effective in preventing pollution?

Q17:
You mentioned that the Patuxent River was given a D-. What does that mean in terms of the pollution levels?

Q18:
Does the Riverkeeper do the measurements of nitrogen and phosphorus levels? Or does the EPA do them?

Q19:
Your website is paxriverkeeper.org. You are saying that there is
another website with this pollution measurement information. Is there
a link on your site to the other site?

Q20:
What do you think should be done? You mentioned litigation. It's difficult to sue, isn't it?

Q21:
Can you talk about your opinion of some technologies such as biogas digesters, and about nutrient trading programs?

Q22:
You sound sceptical about how new technologies might contribute to a solution to the pollution problem. Is that a correct interpretation?

Q23:
Speaking of chemicals, do you fish on the Patuxent River?

I've heard about fish being caught with cancer growths. Can you comment?

Q24:
Can you talk a little about the Patuxent River's contribution (in terms of flow) to the Chesapeake Bay?

Q25:
Can you talk about the Waterkeeper Flotilla event in Annapolis last week?

Was there symbolism in the way you organized the waterkeepers to arrive in Annapolis by water as a boat flotilla?

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Thanks to

* Fred Tutman and the Patuxent Riverkeeper Organization for the video of the Patuxent River.

* Wikipedia for maps of the Patuxent River watershed and the image of the HMS Victory.

* Two of the Flotilla photos are from Fred Tutman's site, flotillapressconference.shutterfly.com/, and taken by Jamie B.
All remaining video and photos are by me, and licensed under cc-by-sa, creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/.

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