Federal Agencies Offer President Strong Recommendations to Clean-Up Major Pollution Sources in Chesapeake Bay

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Federal Agencies Offer President Strong Recommendations to Clean-Up Major Pollution Sources in Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - Seven federal agencies today delivered recommendations to the
President that will greatly improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay,
according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

In
May, President Obama issued an Executive Order that recognized the Bay
as a national treasure and called for federal leadership in protecting
the nation's largest estuary. The Executive Order called for these
reports to be developed. NRDC has been working to incorporate
recommendations to improve agricultural practices, as well as reduce
urban and stormwater runoff pollution.

The Environmental
Protection Agency, Department of Interior and Department of Agriculture
were among the agencies involved in drafting the recommendations. These
reports, coupled with strong legislation announced by Senator Cardin,
the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Restoration Act, outline a bold new approach to cleaning up our nation's largest estuary. The reports can be found online at http://executiveorder.chesapeakebay.net.

A statement follows from Nancy Stoner, Co-Director of the Water Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

"These
agencies have put together strong recommendations that give the
President a solid blueprint for improving the health of the Chesapeake
Bay. The federal government's plan tackles the biggest challenges to a
healthy estuary - from contaminated runoff from our cities and crops,
to massive manure pollution at factory farms, which NRDC has fought to
stop for more than a decade.

"With this federal help, we
can make real progress toward a healthy Chesapeake - addressing
dangerous algal blooms, ridding the water of pathogens, and reviving
the seafood and tourism industries that have been plagued by pollution.
This is a new opportunity to get it right in the Bay, and to show the
rest of the nation that it can be done."

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The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.

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