Pennsylvania has fallen far behind the pollution reduction goals it has agreed to in the multi-state and federal effort to revive Chesapeake Bay. Other governments that are party to the agreement — Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — have sued the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to force Pennsylvania to comply with the standards.

Even though Pennsylvania does not border the great bay, it is the largest source of freshwater that flows into it. The 13,000-square-mile Susquehanna River watershed, including most of Northeast Pennsylvania, also is the largest source of the nutrient pollution that continues to hinder the bay’s recovery.

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