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Opinion: Pennsylvania needs to clean up its Chesapeake Bay-polluting act


September 13, 2019
By Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun editorial board published a response to a submitted opinion piece about Maryland’s need to address its pollution into the Chesapeake Bay before suing Pennsylvania. The response, written by the executive director of Delmarva Poultry Industry, explains how the state should still hold Pennsylvania accountable “for falling behind Maryland” and vouches for the “significant progress already made in Maryland.”

The opinion piece breaks down several points about what the state of Maryland is doing to reduce nutrient runoff. Most notably, it included the fact that, “In the past 30 years, farmers in the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed have cut their collective nitrogen pollution by 25 percent. But in the same time period, nitrogen runoff from stormwater in urban areas increased by 21 percent.” This statistic points to the reality that nutrient runoff is not solely the responsibility of the agriculture industry. | READ MORE