EPA's bay blueprint

The Abbott family, who once made their living from the Chesapeake Bay, have been forced to sell their boats, close their shop and find a new way of life.Video by Whitney Shefte/washingtonpost.com
Thursday, December 30, 2010; 12:23 AM

In working with states to revise their plans, the Environmental Protection Agency added more stringent goals. The final plan includes these measures:

Committing to more stringent nitrogen and phosphorus limits at wastewater treatment plants, including on the James River in Virginia. (Virginia, New York and Delaware)

Pursuing state legislation to fund wastewater treatment plant upgrades, urban storm-water management and agricultural pollution programs. (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia)

Reducing storm-water pollution by increasing green roofs, tree plantings, pervious surfaces and street sweeping. (the District)

Dramatically increasing enforcement of and compliance with state requirements for agricultural pollution. (Pennsylvania)

Committing state funding to develop and implement state-of-the-art-technologies for converting animal manure to energy for farms. (Pennsylvania)

Considering mandatory programs for agriculture by 2013 if pollution reductions fall behind schedule. (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York)

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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