Bay cleanup

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Recent comments by Environmental Protection Agency’s Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program about efforts to clean up the estuary has drawn concern by environmentalists.

Director Dana Aunkst told a conference this week that the 2025 goals were “aspirational” and not an enforceable deadline.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that she Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker warned that the statement was a sign that President Trump was retreating from cleaning up the Bay.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The governors of four states and the mayor of the District of Columbia are asking Congressional leaders to boost funding for Chesapeake Bay cleanup.

The governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware and the mayor of Washington, D.C., called on House and Senate committee leaders in a letter released Wednesday to oppose proposed cuts to the federal Chesapeake Bay Program. Instead, they want an increase in funding from $73 million to $90 million.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed a package of environmental legislation aimed at safely disposing of coal ash, helping coastal communities deal with flooding caused by climate change and continuing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

The legislative agenda unveiled Thursday includes the Coastal Protection Act. The law would allow the state to use an estimated $50 million in revenue from the sale of carbon pollution credits for coastal resilience projects.  It also would dedicate funds for economic transition for coal communities.

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The House of Representatives has approved an amendment that would keep the Environmental Protection Agency from spending any money to impose penalties on states that did not meet goals for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Eight years ago the EPA set up a framework for the amount of pollution allowed into the bay – known as the “Total Maximum Daily Load”.

Alan Girard with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation told the Salisbury Daily Times that the bay restoration effort under the plan has provided accountability for bay restoration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A report by environmental scientists says the health of the Chesapeake Bay has improved as efforts to reduce runoff from land continue.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science released the report Tuesday. The center says improvements in 2015 in water quality, chlorphyll and nitrogen levels contributed to a resurgence in aquatic grasses.

One indicator that declined was total phosphorus, excess quantities of which can lead to algae blooms.

The numbers of striped bass held steady, blue crab and bay anchovy improved.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than $3 million in Chesapeake Bay conservation grants will support brook trout habitat restoration in Rockingham County and efforts to reduce sediment in the James River.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia and West Virginia each are receiving $1 million in federal funding for their roles in restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Education is intended to help farmland owners plant trees along rivers and streams to reduce runoff into waters that feed the bay.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Regional leaders and federal officials are getting together to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday's annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, chaired by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, will include an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a federal-led bay cleanup agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement establishes pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025

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There’s a proposal to streamline some reporting requirements for the nuclear Salem/Hope nuclear power plant across the Delaware Bay that it says are duplications.

But, the Wilmington News Journal reports that it’s drawn sharp criticism from a conservation group and an inquiry by the federal government.

The PSEG Nuclear proposal would end notifying federal officials of fish kills and alterations in the cooling water intakes for the facility.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Sen. Mark R. Warner says he's introduced legislation that would better track the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginia Democrat says the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to compare costs and the performance of restoration activities by various federal agencies involved in the massive environmental endeavor.

The multi-year effort to clean up the bay involves at least 10 federal agencies, Virginia, West Virginia, four other states, the District of Columbia and more than 1,000 local governments.