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Maryland's 23 counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans.
Maryland's 23 counties are all over the map when it comes to Chesapeake Bay clean up plans.

Maryland's 23 counties are working on detailed plans to improve water quality, which is due to the Environmental Protection Agency in July. The Choose Clean Water Coalition, a collection of several hundred environmental organizations, reviewed at how the counties are doing.

According to Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, who's with the group, 1000 Friends of Maryland, the progress is very widespread.

"That's absolutely what we would expect from them, they have some pretty aggressive clean water permitting already in place," says Bevan-Dangel.

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County also got high marks, but Prince George's County got a medium score because, according to Bevan-Dangel, the county's science and methodology aren't strong.

The coalition says nine counties including Frederick County submitted the worst plans, which the coalition called skeletal and unclear. But plans to improve water quality are one thing, while making them a reality is another.

"Anne Arundel County also submitted a strong plan, but while they were developing the plan, they also had an opportunity to take action and they didn't," she says.

That is because the cost of the county's restoration plan is in the billions of dollars -- a problem that remains to be solved statewide.

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