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The Baltimore Sun

The state launched its BayStat Web site yesterday with data on the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said he hopes the site, www.bay stat.maryland.gov, will help residents and state government get quicker access to information on the estuary. Numbers on water quality, nutrient and sediment loads, biotic integrity, fish species, wetlands and forest buffers are available.

"We designed BayStat to help us better coordinate, track, target -- and ultimately improve -- our statewide restoration efforts," O'Malley said. "This new Web site takes state accountability to a new level."

Based on Baltimore's Citi- Stat program, which analyzed statistics about city services and crime rates in Baltimore, BayStat is meant to help state agencies better coordinate Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

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