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Lowering Barriers to Achieving Multiple Environmental Goals in the Chesapeake Bay

In recognition of past unsuccessful restoration strategies for the Chesapeake Bay, former President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13508 “Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed” in 2009. This order requires federal agencies to work together to bring new resources and tools to the Bay restoration effort, including new approaches to implementing the Clean Water Act (CWA) and new funding for voluntary efforts by farmers.

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