- The Washington Times - Monday, March 22, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing guidelines to help the federal government cut water pollution from lands it owns in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The EPA says the guidance will help the federal government lead by example. Federal agencies own nearly 8 percent of the land in the Bay watershed, making the federal government the largest single landowner in the watershed.

The EPA says agriculture is the source of almost half of the nitrogen and phosphorous that enters the Bay, but urban and suburban runoff accounts for nearly a third and is the only significant source that is increasing. Construction sites, for example, can contribute the most sediment of all land uses, as much as 10 to 20 times that of agricultural lands.

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