Chesapeake Bay restoration sized up: mixed report

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2013 3:59 AM

(Richmond, Va.) -- An analysis concludes that the states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are making progress to reduce pollution flowing into the hobbled estuary.

But none, including Pennsylvania, is on track to meet 20-13 cleanup commitments.

The mixed assessment released today is based on an analysis of benchmarks each state and Washington, D.C. are aiming to meet by year's end to measure progress to restore the bay and keep the cleanup on track.

The multibillion-dollar restoration plan overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency was devised to ensure a commitment to cleaning up the nation's largest estuary after decades of broken promises and neglect.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Choose Clean Water Coalition conducted the analysis.

The Susquehanna River is the Bay's chief tributary.

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