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Victory At Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay

It's always a pleasure to deliver good news about a conservation effort. Today we salute Chesapeake Bay and the coalition that's cleaning it up.

Just east of Washington, D. C., Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America. It's home to more than 3600 hundred species of plants and animals. The Bay's complex shoreline -- including hundreds of tidal coves and wetlands -- covers more than 11,600 miles.

Over the years, urban and agricultural runoff polluted the Bay with toxic chemicals and excessive nutrients. The nutrients fueled algae growth, depleting oxygen and blocking sunlight from reaching the floor of the Bay.

In 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Agreement was penned. The Agreement is a voluntary government partnership including neighboring states and the Environmental Protection Agency. Together, this coalition has stopped much of the runoff, and the Bay is healing.

Many of us live near bodies of water that can be contaminated. So, landscape your home with plants that require less fertilizers. Conserve water whenever possible, and maintain your septic system if you have one. And remember, never dump toxic substances into the sewer.

A little change can mean cleaner bodies of water everywhere.

Script by Bob Rhein

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