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A primer: Chesapeake Bay & restoration efforts

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Regional efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay have been under way since 1983. After a multiyear study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the agency and the states agreed to coordinate their efforts to reduce pollution in the Bay and restore its “living resources” — the fish, crabs, oysters and waterfowl that depend upon it. Here, in question-and-answer form, is a primer on the Bay and efforts to restore it.

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies at the local level that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within its 64,000-square-mile watershed. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment requires support from local governments.

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