- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Inner Harbor and tidal Patapsco River of Baltimore posted failing grades in water quality for the third straight year.

The Baltimore Sun (https://bsun.md/1Tzhyv9 ) reports that the report card from the Healthy Harbor Initiative for the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore found concerns with fecal bacteria from the city’s sewage system and pollutants that flow into the harbor following rain.

City leaders had previously set a goal of turning the harbor into a swimmable and fishable area by 2020.

Adam Lindquist, manager of the Healthy Harbor Initiative for the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, says that it’s questionable whether the harbor will be swimmable by 2020.

Terry Cummings, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Baltimore Initiative, says he hopes the issues can be addressed by the 2020 deadline.

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