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By: Catie Leary on Feb. 14, 2011, 12:36 p.m.
Chesapeake Bay

Photo: Ian Plant

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Chesapeake Bay

Decades of pollution, overfishing and other problems have pushed the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, to the brink. Populations of blue crabs, oysters and other species vital to commercial fisheries have plummeted to historic lows.

When it became clear that some states would fail to meet a 2010 deadline for addressing the bay’s water quality challenges, the EPA took charge of the process.

To save the Chesapeake Bay, the agency will now manage the development and implementation of water restoration plans that will provide a roadmap for the cleanup in all of the bay’s many watersheds.