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U.S. Armed Forces to Help Restore Chesapeake Bay

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Navy has announced it and every other branch of the Military Service will help restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay has long figured prominently for the US military - it's where the Naval Academy is and has been the site of battles since the revolutionary war. Every branch of the military has a presence on the bay from Norfolk, Virginia to Aberdeen, Maryland, and in sensitive areas makes up a third of the watershed.

"There are 68 department of defense military installations and what we do on each of them matters and makes a difference," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus says.

He says the military is upgrading it's sewer systems to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous pollution, would increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles it uses, and would make new parking lots out of pervious pavers that prevent stormwater from washing pollution into the bay.

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