Pennsylvania officials say they are committed to meeting their share of Chesapeake Bay cleanup goals, but their final draft plan falls far short of outlining how they will do it.
The plan, which was endorsed Aug. 16 by the state’s Watershed Implementation Plan Steering Committee, would meet the goals for reducing phosphorus pollution by the 2025 cleanup deadline. But it would fail to meet the goal for nitrogen reduction by more than 9 million pounds a year — more than the entire remaining reduction sought for Maryland.
The plan also outlines a $324 million-a-year funding shortfall, which was significantly larger than the estimate in the draft released earlier this year.[Continue Reading]