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Bay Supporters Push For Strict Pollution Restrictions Before Meeting With EPA

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Former Maryland State Senator Gerald Winegrad talks about the recommendations to restore the Bay as other supporters hold signs on the city dock in Annapolis.
Natalie Neumann
Former Maryland State Senator Gerald Winegrad talks about the recommendations to restore the Bay as other supporters hold signs on the city dock in Annapolis.

By Natalie Neumann

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson will meet with leaders of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. tomorrow to talk about implementation of the federal government's new Chesapeake Bay restoration guidelines.

Close to 50 scientists and former lawmakers gathered at the city dock in Annapolis, Maryland today, calling for leaders to implement strict pollution restrictions. As water from the bay lapped under the pier, the supporters carried an array of signs that read "End the Delay, Save the Bay" to "States Must Act Today."

Former Sen. Joseph Tydings (D-Md.) says the state is making progress, but it's not enough.

"What we want is Maryland's leadership to spread forward to Virginia, Pennsylvania, Deleware, West Virginia and New York," he says.

More than 50 scientists, river keepers and former lawmakers, like Tydings, developed a list of 25 measures they say will stop the decline of the bay.

The recommendations include reducing or eliminating fertilizers on residential lawns and golf courses, better control of air emissions and stricter discharge limits for nitrogen and phosphorus.

Former Maryland State Sen. Gerald Winegrad compares the pollution in the Chesapeake Bay to the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The bay is dying from a thousand small oil spills, if you will, of nutrient leaks and toxic chemical leaks and incredible flows of sediment," he says. "There isn't the attention that should be devoted this natural catastrophe that's occurring right here with our nation's greatest estuary."

The recommendations were presented to representatives of the Chesapeake Executive Council, which will meet tomorrow to discuss moving forward with bay restoration.

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