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.

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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.

Goals for 2025
(in pounds / % reduction)

*% reduction based on 1985 data

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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