EPA Proposes Limits on Sediment | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

EPA Proposes Limits on Sediment

Play associated audio

By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing limits on sediment for states whose watersheds feed into the Chesapeake Bay.

Runoff from city streets and parking lots erodes soil and stirs up sediment.

It's a problem in the Chesapeake Bay - it clouds the water, keeps grass from growing, and buries oyster reefs.

It really limits a lot of species and it's an issue in tributaries too -- the Anacostia river at Bladensburg used to be a bustling 40-foot-deep port, now it's a mudflat at low tide as sediment has built up.

The EPA wants to put the bay on a pollution diet and that includes sediment limits.

D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and three other states will use these limits to determine how to manage their own pollution.

Those Watershed Implementation Plans will be finalized in November.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 2

A play takes a fictional look at historical figures. An exhibit explores how friendships between writers, painters and musicians may have affected an art movement.
NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
NPR

Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.
NPR

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.