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Chesapeake Executive Council To Meet On Restoration Plans

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By Natalie Neumann

Leaders of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and D.C. will meet with the Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator today in Baltimore to discuss the ongoing plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Some advocates are recommending 25 measures for the states along the bay to adopt.

They include reducing or eliminating fertilizers and stricter discharge limits for nitrogen and phosphorus. Former Maryland state senator Gerald Winegrad helped develop the recommendations.

"We need to take much bolder actions on non-point source pollution coming from agriculture fields, from animal manure and from urban runoff," says Winegrad.

Chuck Fox is an EPA senior advisor. He says the agency is not satisfied with the clean-up efforts of the Bay and says the group who developed the recommendations is impacting the federal strategy.

"It is our hope that later this year we will receive new implementation strategies from the states that will be enforceable and binding and improve the performance and accountability of the Chesapeake Bay program," says Fox.

The Chesapeake Executive Council plans to unveil a new accountability system later today.


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