U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Chesapeake Bay's weakened federal partner takes another hit

Chesapeake Bay's weakened federal partner takes another hit

Wetlands are among the most endangered ecosystems on the planet and also among the most valuable. They are the filters — the landscape equivalent of kidneys, perhaps — that remove sediment and toxins from the water. In Maryland, our understanding of the importance of wetlands has grown dramatically in recent decades, thanks not only to our desire to preserve and rescue the Chesapeake Bay but to protect drinking water supplies and mitigate flood risks. What was once seen as undesirable “swamp” is now understood to be critical habitat, too much of which has already been lost to development and agriculture.

That’s why the recent announcement from the...

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