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Chesapeake Bay - Projects to help restore the Chesapeake Bay to get $40M in federal funding, EPA says

With more than 18 million people living within the Bay's watershed, the funding will help tackle issues that affect people and wildlife alike.

NORFOLK, Va. — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is giving a $40 million boost towards efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The agency made the announcement Monday, saying it is the first part of $238 million targeted for the region over five years under the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the country and third-largest in the world, stretching from Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Virginia Beach.

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With more than 18 million people living within the Bay's watershed, the funding will help tackle issues, such as water pollution and climate change, that affect people and wildlife alike.

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