By Sara Sciammacco
Maryland Senator Ben Cardin wants the federal government to push Maryland, Virginia and other states to step up the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay.
Cardin says state and local governments have failed to make clean-up deadlines for years. His bill gives $1.5 billion in federal grants and sets a deadline of 2025 to restore the Bay. It also offers incentives to farmers who improve water quality.
"We have missed the targets substantially in recent years and there is a need to re-energize a process that would accomplish the goals that are set out based upon good science," Cardin says.
Environmental Protection Agency officials say the main problem is the nitrogen and phosphorous in the water that's coming from urban runoff and farm waste. States that do not meet the clean-up goals will lose federal money and authority to regulate the Bay's restoration.