Clean the Bay Day emphasizes new efforts involving state lands

Gov. Ralph Northam participated in a Clean the Bay Day event Thursday, June 3, at Ancarrow’s Landing on the James River.

RICHMOND—Gov. Ralph Northam on June 3 signed Executive Directive 17 setting pollution reduction targets for lands within the Chesapeake Bay watershed that are owned by state agencies and public institutions of higher education.

Nonpoint source pollution, also known as polluted runoff, occurs when stormwater moves over the ground collecting pollutants like excess nutrients, sediment, and toxins that degrade water quality and harm living resources.

 “Stormwater runoff is among the most harmful and challenging sources of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,” said Gov. Northam. “Virginia has taken bold action to reduce….

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