By Patrick Madden
The Environmental Protection Agency has released its draft strategy for restoring the Chesapeake Bay in response to an order issued by President Obama on May 12th.
The EPA says states in the bay watershed have achieved measurable pollution reductions, but that federal agencies are uniquely positioned to usher in a new era of restoration.
The strategy includes expanded regulation of large-scale animal farms and urban-suburban storm water runoff. It also calls for tracking progress every two years.
There is now a 60-day comment period before the development of a final strategy.