The Chesapeake Bay is illin’ and the federal government is putting more than $18 million dollars into trying to make it better. The money is part of a federal/state partnership for various projects in 2015.
The largest chunk of the U.S. Agriculture Department money, about $12 million, will be used for limiting farm runoff into the Bay. Nutrients from fertilizer and other agriculture chemicals create “dead zones” that lower oxygen levels the Bay and kill fish.
Another $5 million is going to speed-up implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans, requiring states around the bay to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment. It’s a federal effort intended to obtain water quality standards for each of the Bay’s tidal segments, tributaries and embayments.
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