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The Nation

The population of the three-state Chesapeake Bay region will soar 20% by the year 2020 and the amount of developed land will increase 59%, accelerating environmental threats to the fragile estuary, an advisory panel named by state governors predicted. The panel, suggesting still more strong action to protect the bay, delivered its report shortly after the governors of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania and federal and Washington, D.C., officials signed agreements pledging to increase the region’s diminishing supply of wetlands and to minimize pollution of the bay by toxic substances.


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