Pollution Limits by State

The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint provides 13 years—till 2025—to cut pollution to the minimum levels science says is necessary to restore the Bay to balance.

 

Goals for 2025
(in pounds / % reduction)

*% reduction based on 1985 data

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Pollution flows downstream, across state boundaries. Without federal and interstate cooperation, downstream economies and environments suffer from the waste generated by their upstream neighbors. That's why almost 30 years ago the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed the first of many inter-jurisdictional agreements with Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. The partners recognized the need for cooperative action if the Chesapeake Bay were ever to be removed from EPA's "dirty waters" list.

 
NY
   
   Nitrogen...........8,350,000   40%
   Phosphorus..........640,000   49%
   Sediment.......304,000,000   19%
       
 
PA
   
   Nitrogen...........78,830,00   37%
   Phosphorus.......3,600,000   40%
   Sediment....1,945,000,000   35%
       
 
MD
   
   Nitrogen.........41,170,000   46%
   Phosphorus.......2,810,000   48%
   Sediment....1,350,000,000   28%
       
 
DE
   
   Nitrogen...........3,390,000   36%
   Phosphorus..........280,000   43%
   Sediment.......100,000,000   17%
       
 
DC
   
   Nitrogen...........2,370,000   62%
   Phosphorus..........120,000   37%
   Sediment.........17,000,000   3%
       
 
WV
   
   Nitrogen...........5,000,000   21%
   Phosphorus.........640,000   29%
   Sediment.......373,000,000   28%
       
 
VA
   
   Nitrogen.........52,460,000   38%
   Phosphorus......6,460,000   44%
   Sediment....3,251,000,000   34%
       
 
TOTAL
   
   Nitrogen.......191,570,000   40%
   Phosphorus....14,550,000   43%
   Sediment....7,340,000,000   32%

Source: Chesapeake Bay Program

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