Virginia Looking To Clean Up Chesapeake Bay
Virginia submitted its plan to the EPA for cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. Craig Carper has details in a follow-up report.
The Commonwealth’s plan identifies actions to reduce the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment entering the bay from sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, urban areas, agriculture and septic systems. It also establishes new water quality standards for the James River.
The plan aims to reduce farm runoff and implement greater efficiency in wastewater treatment plants that will lead to an additional reduction of 1.6 million pounds of foreign substances entering the James and eventually the Chesapeake Bay.
Anthony Moore is the Assistant Secretary for Chesapeake Bay Restoration.
Moore: There’s several goals that we hope to meet on the Chesapeake Bay; having the water clearer, to have less pollutants and also make it economically viable for the seafood industry and the industries that are involved in the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia must meet 60 percent of the EPA’s best management practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025. The state estimates the cost of meeting these deadlines will be at least 7 billion dollars.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square