EPA: States behind in tackling Chesapeake pollution problems

The Associated Press

NORFOLK — The Environmental Protection Agency says states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed have collectively fallen behind in implementing efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution in the country’s largest estuary.

Brynn Kelly of Wrightsville paddles a rented kayak on Lake Redman last month. Brynn, 17, has written to Gov. Tom Wolf urging him to make the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint a greater priority for the state. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The federal agency says that Pennsylvania is mostly to blame because not all of its farms are using the best practices to prevent nitrogen runoff, which often comes from animal waste.

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The EPA wants states in the watershed to have implemented 100 percent of a long-term plan by 2025. The agency says the goal of having 60 percent of best practices in place throughout the entire watershed by 2017 will not be met.

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