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Environmental Leaders Seek Federal Money For Bay Clean-Up

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By Peter Granitz

Environmental leaders in Maryland are looking to the federal government for more than a $1 billion to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Every Maryland resident pays a fee to use either a sewer or septic system. The state invests that money in treating waste water that could potentially harm the Bay.

Shari Wilson is the state secretary of the environment and says waste water pollution into the Bay is on the decrease. She says one pollutant, though, is on the rise.

"Where we haven’t done as well is on the storm water side. Basically we have a lot of urban run off from land that was developed prior to modern storm water controls," says Wilson.

Wilson is looking to Democratic Senator Ben Cardin for help. He’s proposing a bill that would dedicate $1.5 billion for storm water run off in the state. Cardin says he’s optimistic he can bring the bill to the floor, but admits he’ll have to attach it to a larger one to do so.

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