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Bay advocates say state lax in monitoring county stormwater controls
Bay advocates say state lax in monitoring county stormwater controls

Local governments are charged with enforcing state regulations limiting polluted runoff from new development, and the state is supposed to check on them. Only state officials acknowledge they aren't doing it. Environmental advocates say the lack of state oversight could lead to lax enforcement on the local level — and put efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay at risk. Rain washing dirt, fertilizer and other pollutants into storm drains and then waterways is a major source of bay pollution — the only category that has grown despite costly cleanup efforts. The Maryland Department of the Environment hasn't reviewed any locality's enforcement of stormwater...

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