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Growth projections to be used to adjust 2025 Bay pollution goals

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For state and local governments in the Bay watershed, 2025 may get here sooner than anyone thought.

In what may be a significant change for some areas, the state-federal Bay Program is looking to use projections of 2025 growth in human population, farm animal numbers and land use changes when it updates nutrient and sediment reduction goals next year.

Since the end of 2010, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Bay pollution diet — or total maximum daily load (TMDL) — states have worked to control the amount of nutrients and sediment that wash off the landscape and ultimately into the Chesapeake, where they contribute to murky water, algae blooms and oxygen-starved dead zones.

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From individual actions, to our collective impact as a society, we can influence the environment in positive or negative ways. Many individuals lead through example, by altering their everyday habits to reduce their impact or by volunteering to clean up and restore local streams and ecosystems.

But the cumulative impacts of the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed poses an ongoing threat to the Bay and its tributaries.

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