The article by Eugene Meyer {Metro, Dec. 16} on the signing of the agreement "pledging to restore the polluted Chesapeake Bay to its pristine greatness" merits commendation.

This article was published a few days after I had finished a course on the bay at the University of Maryland. I took the course just to get better acquainted with one of the most beautiful regions in the United States, and I never dreamed of the impact the course would have on me. I discovered that the enjoyment the bay has offered me for many years may not be there for future generations.

It is good that our officials are taking action to prevent further abuse of the bay, but more education is needed -- not only at the college level but also at the elementary school level and the high school level.

Children, adolescents and adults must learn to appreciate and understand the interrelationships between nature and our actions. If we can teach our children the most basic of these relationships, we can take a giant step toward helping government officials who cannot do everything single-handedly. I cannot stress enough the importance of this education. The Chesapeake Bay -- one of our most precious natural resources and one of God's masterpieces -- would be the beneficiary. YOLANDA WOLF Alexandria