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What's Being Done For Bay Health

When Governor Martin O'Malley was sworn in this January, one of the first documents to land on his desk was the Maryland Transition Work Group's report on Maryland 's environment. The group was assigned to analyze the current state of the environment, then provide the new governor with a comprehensive environmental plan. The result was a grim assessment, followed by a list of fifty-seven recommendations and a whole lot of press.

The report focuses on Maryland 's biggest natural resource and the state's biggest environmental problem: the Bay. The report paints a pretty gloomy picture. In the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement, known as C2K, members of the Chesapeake Bay Commission agreed to restore the Bay's water quality by 2010. According to the transitional group's report, the state now faces lawsuits "due to a lack of required enforcement." Maryland 's part of the deal was "to reduce nitrogen pollution by 20 million pounds per year" by 2010, according to Beth Lefebvre, communications coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. "Basically, the signatories to C2K-Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, D.C., and the Federal EPA-made these commitments to the citizens, who would benefit from having a cleaner Bay and cleaner waterways. And Maryland hasn't met these goals," Lefebvre explains.  

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