Survey: Marylanders Support Pollution Diet For Bay

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A new survey finds nearly three-quarters of Marylanders think government regulation is needed to restore the Chesapeake.

Seventy-three percent said they support the new federal “pollution diet” for the bay, and 61 percent said water pollution is such a big problem it requires government regulation. Another 10 percent said it requires government regulation and voluntary action, and 49 percent said they were willing to pay a reasonable fee to deal with stormwater runoff polluting the bay.

The survey released Tuesday was conducted for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the grant-making organization funded in part by Chesapeake Bay license plate fees. The trust says the telephone survey of 1,005 adults was conducted Dec. 20-28 and has a 3.1 percent margin of error.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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