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Students to lobby for flush tax hike

Tuesday - 1/31/2012, 6:36am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says about 140 Anne Arundel County students plan to lobby state representatives in Annapolis to increase Maryland's flush fee, place tighter restrictions on septic systems and limit sprawl development.

The students plan to participate Wednesday in the annual Lobby Day. Aimee Poisson, the county school system's administrator for Student Leadership Development, says students typically have lobbied for student-related issues, but have also decided to speak out on environmental issues.

The Maryland Association of Student Councils chose the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as its Charity of the Year last year.

The students are urging lawmakers to increase the Bay Restoration Fund, also known as the flush fee. The fund is used to upgrade sewage plants, septic and storm water systems, which are key sources of Chesapeake Bay pollution.

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