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Federal aid sought to conserve Chesapeake land

A new report is calling for more federal aid for land conservation in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The report was released Monday by the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the Chesapeake Conservancy.

It notes that the six states whose waterways feed the bay met their goal this year of conserving 20 percent of the watershed, which it says was one of the few bright spots in the bay restoration effort. A new restoration strategy in response to a presidential executive order calls for conserving another 2 million acres. The report’s authors say that will help keep several million pounds of nitrogen a year out of the bay.

The strategy calls for a 25 percent cut in nitrogen entering the bay by 2025.