Groups seek federal role in Chesapeake cleanup

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Dozens of environmental groups are joining together to push for stronger federal efforts to clean up the waterways that drain into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.

"For years, the Clean Water Act has offered the promise of cleaning up our waters," Jan Jarrett, executive director of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, said in a statement announcing the formation of the Choose Clean Water Campaign. "We need to move from promises to results for the more than 900 rivers, streams and creeks that flow into the Chesapeake Bay."

The group includes American Rivers, Ducks Unlimited and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as regional and local organizations such as the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and 1000 Friends of Maryland. It plans to focus on reducing all sources of pollution degrading the Chesapeake, as well as changes in federal transportation policy to reduce environmental harm from highway construction, and for national legislation to address climate change, the newspaper reports.

Last week's announcement came a week after President Obama signed an executive order calling for a greater federal role in the Bay restoration effort.

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