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Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay - The Challenge for Lancaster County

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The clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay is no longer a voluntary goal. The Federal government has mandated standards that place strict limits on discharges into the Susquehanna River from all sources. Pennsylvania, like other states, has been required by the Environmental Protection Agency to submit and adhere to a watershed improvement plan that will meet total maximum daily load requirements for controlling river pollutants. Many organizations and governmental entities are involved in this effort.

Lancaster County will be required to meet the tough new standards. It will be a difficult and costly task since river pollution is affected by farm runoff, municipal/industrial wastewater, stormwater runoff, and other sources.

The purpose of this document is to provide insight and information into the challenge for Lancaster County in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

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