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Maryland Introduces 'Smart Ponds,' Saving Chesapeake Bay, Taxpayer Money

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FRUITLAND, Md.- Environmentalists are turning to ponds to help save the Chesapeake Bay. But these are not ordinary ponds - they're called smart ponds.

It's the latest technology in Bay restoration. One is located just north of the Fruitland Walmart behind a chain-linked fence near the parking lot.

It's a program with a public-private partnership including the Maryland Department of Transportation and Walmart. Leaders from across the state celebrated the news on Tuesday.

"This will be a national program and Maryland will be first," MDOT Secretary Pete Rahn said.

Three more ponds scattered across the state will work to reduce stormwater pollution. MDOT Assistant Secretary Charles Glass says the project took nearly two years to complete.

"A smart pond actually can control holding back some of the water," Glass said. "That means you have more time for sedimentation, which removes nutrients."

The smart ponds will save taxpayers hundreds of thousands in similar programs, giving environmentalists peace of mind.

"We realized we could actually make a real big difference here," Mark Bryer of the Nature Conservancy said. "That's a huge feeling of success."

More smart ponds could be on the way. The EPA is considering the 'smart pond' model for use nationwide.

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