BALTIMORE (AP) — Environmental justice is the focus of a tour in Baltimore by federal and local officials.

Officials with the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service plan to visit a Baltimore middle school along with city officials on Tuesday to see work being done to confront environmental justice challenges. The term environmental justice applies to efforts to ensure that environmental laws and regulations are applied equally to all areas, regardless of the income, race or other factors.

Green efforts at the school, as well as projects to reduce stormwater runoff, are among those that federal and city officials will review. Runoff is a growing problem in the Chesapeake Bay watershed where stormwater carries pollutants into waterways and the bay, harming water quality.

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