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Emerging Contaminants, the Bay and "Poisoned Waters"

Wins for Bay in Virginia General Assembly Session

Kalbird1 The Virginia General Assembly ended its 2009 session on Saturday with some good news for the Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation worked with legislators to defeat bills that would have moved back deadlines for mandatory sewage treatment plant improvements. And CBF and its allies defeated a resolution in support of introducing Asian oysters into the Bay.

A CBF-led “Rally for Clean Water” in Richmond drew 300 enthusiastic supporters. And despite tough economic times and budget cuts, the foundation helped to convince the legislature to keep in $20 million for farm runoff pollution control programs in the budget for the year starting July 1. Kudos to Gov. Tim Kaine and lawmakers. 

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