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Chesapeake Bay restoration sized up: mixed report

Monday - 7/8/2013, 3:33am  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An analysis concludes that Washington, D.C., and states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are making progress to reduce pollution flowing into the hobbled estuary. But none is on track to meet 2013 cleanup commitments.

The mixed assessment released Monday is based on an analysis of benchmarks each state and the district are aiming to meet by year's end to measure progress to restore the bay and keep the cleanup on track.

The multibillion-dollar restoration plan overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency was devised to ensure a commitment to cleaning up the nation's largest estuary after decades of broken promises and neglect.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Choose Clean Water Coalition conducted the analysis.

The states in the watershed are Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York.

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