EPA Announces Plan to “Clean Up” Chesapeake

A sailboat cruises by Thomas Point Light in Chesapeake Bay. USCG photo by PA1 Pete Milnes

Soundings TradeOnlyToday.com reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined a plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay through a “pollution diet” that would significantly reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous entering the watershed.

While the Chesapeake is a bit outside New England Boating’s purview, nitrogen pollution is a concern for most, if not all, New England waterways, so the Chesapeake situation may be of interest.

Here’s an excerpt from the TradeOnly article:

The agency established a “pollution diet” to restore clean water in Chesapeake Bay and the region’s streams, creeks and rivers. The pollution diet is driven primarily by jurisdictions’ plans to put all needed pollution controls in place by 2025. The EPA will hold jurisdictions accountable for results along the way.

The pollution diet, formally known as the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, identifies the necessary reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The pollution diet calls for a 25-percent reduction in nitrogen, a 24 percent reduction in phosphorus and a 20-percent reduction in sediment.

To read the full article:

Trade Only Today

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