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EPA Unveils Bay Restoration Action Plan, $491 Million in Funding

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

The federal government is unveiling its first action plan for the Chesapeake Bay - including $491 million in funding for restoration.

Just days afteer coming into office, President Obama signed an executive order directing the federal government to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Since then the EPA has started to develop rules and pollution limits for states, and the latest item is this nearly half billion dollars in funding--much of it to help states get on board.

There's $134 million for conservation in places where runoff from agriculture is a particular problem. A little more than half of that will go to farmers to help them pay for voluntary conservation projects.

That can include fencing cattle out of streams or special planting methods that reduce nitrogen leakage into waterways. There's also $170 million for wastewater treatment upgrades. The EPA also says it's putting together an enforcement strategy as well.

You can find more about the executive order here.

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