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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Faults U.S. Bay Commitment

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC)- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the federal government is falling short in its commitments to clean up the bay.

The foundation has been a leading voice in the multi-state, multi-billion-dollar effort to restore the bay by 2025. Partners in the historic restoration include Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, three other states and the District of Columbia.

In a news release, the foundation said its criticism is based on a review of the federal government's 2014-15 draft milestones, as well as other actions. It concluded that the government is not meeting its commitment to expand forest buffers, limit air pollution and comply with the Clean Water Act when approving permits to reduce stormwater pollution from urban and suburban runoff.

The measures are intended to limit pollution that ends up in the bay.

"Restoring local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay will only be achieved when all the partners do their fair share," said CBF Senior Water Quality Scientist Beth McGee. "The federal government must step up its oversight and clearly define the actions it will take over the next two years to ensure progress. Meeting the milestones will not just benefit us today, but also our children and future generations."

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: http://www.cbf.org/

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