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The six Chesapeake Bay watershed states and the District of Columbia are facing a new list of restoration expectations from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA's goal is to have the Bay meet water quality standards by 2025. It is requiring the watershed states to detail exactly what they will do to meet that goal. The agency says it expects progress reports every two years and threatens to impose consequences if states do not make adequate progress.

Beth McGee, is a scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which had sued the EPA over the slow pace of restoration efforts. She says the threat of consequences is critical.

"We can have the most detailed plans in the world but if there is no impetus for the state's to implement them then we will basically be in the same place we've been the last 25 years in Bay restoration," she says.

President Obama has issued an executive order calling for the development of a bay restoration strategy. The EPA is expected to release a draft of that strategy Monday.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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