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10:17 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan

Chesapeake Bay
Credit Chesapeake Bay Foundation Website

The Wicomico County Council has joined The Clean Chesapeake Coalition and has paid $25-thousand to become a member along with other counties such as Dorchester, Kent and Caroline.

The coalition was formed a little more than a year ago after the state developed a Watershed Implementation Plan that is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The standards for the plans would limit the amount of nutrients and sediment that runs into the Chesapeake Bay.

Wicomico County officials decided to join because they said the implementation plan comes with a hefty cost of $700 million for the county.

John Hall, council vice president, told WBOC that figure was unreasonable.

He is hoping that the coalition help mediate and change the program so that the county can afford it while cleaning up the Bay.