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Warner bill aimed at tracking bay restoration

RICHMOND, Va. — Sen. Mark R. Warner says he’s introduced legislation that would better track the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginia Democrat says the legislation would require the Office of Management and Budget to compare costs and the performance of restoration activities by various federal agencies involved in the massive environmental endeavor.

The multi-year effort to clean up the bay involves at least 10 federal agencies, Virginia, West Virginia, four other states, the District of Columbia and more than 1,000 local governments.

Warner said the legislation would ensure that federal dollars being spent on the bay’s restoration are producing real results. Companion legislation is being introduced in the House by Rep. Rob Wittman, a Virginia Republican.

Warner introduced his bay accountability bill on Tuesday.

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