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The Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval of Maryland’s pollution budget that is aimed at cutting nitrogen and phosphorus along the state’s coastal bays and tributaries.

The pollution budget would slash nitrogen by up to 35 percent and phosphorus by 18 percent for the coastal bays.

Stiffer cuts have been imposed for a bay’s tributaries.

The Total Maximum Daily Load levels apply to bodies of water ranging from the Assawoman Bay and the Isle of Wight Bay to Chincoteague Bay and Newport Bay.

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The public interest group Environmental Integrity Project issued two new reports questioning how much progress has actually been made in the cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and whether "best management practices" efforts are working as well as intended. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Abel Russ, an attorney with EIP.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.

The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.

This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.

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The Clean Chesapeake Coalition says it is not interested in becoming a part of a federal lawsuit that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay.

Attorney Chip McLeod told the Salisbury Daily Times that a statement by one of the Wicomico County Council members in joining such a suit did not represent his organization’s interests.

Council member Bob Culver made those remarks when the council voted to spend $25-thousand to join the Coalition.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to have a new cleanup agreement ready by October.

The Capital reports a new agreement is in the works with clearer goals and greater flexibility and transparency.

It would be the fourth Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 30 years intended to spur improvements. The last agreement was signed in 2000.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced an agreement to ensure that dairy farms, poultry growers and other farm animal operations are on track to reduce pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

The foundation said the agreement announced Wednesday is intended to ensure that the multi-state, EPA-led restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is achieved by 2025.

Worcester county officials say the state’s environmental plans to reduce water pollution are just too costly and could require more staffing than the County can provide.

State of Maryland wants more than 570 acres of impervious surfaces like streets or parking to be removed while installing hundreds of acres of filtering strips and forest buffers.

In addition, it would require upgrading nearly 2-thousand septic tanks.

 

     STAUNTON, Va. (AP) - Modeling used by the Environmental Protection Agency to craft the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay has been a point of contention.

     A new study is raising that issue anew, this time when it comes to forested areas.

     The News Leaderof Staunton reports thestudy by the United States Geological Survey concludes thatforested areas account for 2 percent of sediment entering waterwaysin the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.