There is hope for the Patuxent, however, and for all of the bay. In 2008, Mr. Fowler, along with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and others, sued theU.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failure to clean up the bay. The resulting settlement ultimately forced the six states in the watershed (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia) plus the District of Columbia to implement a "pollution diet" by 2025. As part of this effort, the Patuxent River Commission has worked with the seven counties within the river's watershed to ensure that local governments and citizens determine their own pollution reduction plan. This spring, the General Assembly, responding to Gov.Martin O'Malley's plea to tackle the last major unchecked source of nitrogen pollution escaping into groundwater and streams, approved landmark legislation to curb major residential subdivisions on septic systems.