A Policy Proposal to Reduce Nitrogen and Phosphorus Levels in the Chesapeake Bay
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The State of Maryland has been steadfast in their commitment to the health and recovery of the Chesapeake Bay. Environmental policy has been a large part of Maryland’s political agenda and development for many years, with recovery efforts dating back to 1983. While progress has been made on improving many of the key indicators of a healthy Bay, the pollution levels of nitrogen and phosphorus have increased over the last year. Effects from nonpoint source pollution, specifically stormwater runoff, have been linked to the increase in these pollutant types. In an effort to address this ongoing problem, this capstone project proposes a newly created grant program that would enable local municipalities and organizations to implement projects aimed to reduce the harmful effects of nonpoint source pollution.