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States, federal officials vow to catch up on lagging bay cleanup

States, federal officials vow to catch up on lagging bay cleanup

Leaders of the multistate Chesapeake Bay restoration effort acknowledged Thursday that the pace of the pollution cleanup is lagging and vowed to catch up, though they offered no specifics. Meeting in Washington, federal agency heads and officials from Maryland and the other five states that drain into the bay approved a set of 25 "management strategies" for revitalizing the Chesapeake, which is plagued by algae blooms and a fish-stressing "dead zone." Officials maintained that despite some shortcomings in curbing nutrient and sediment pollution, the collaborative effort has moved ahead in the year since a new restoration agreement was signed — the fourth such...

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