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The Costs of Water Pollution Control in the Chesapeake Bay Drainage Basin 1998

Published: September 01, 1998

The scope of this analysis includes the entire Chesapeake Bay drainage basin, which is illustrated in Exhibit 1-1.  This watershed covers approximately 64,000 square miles and portions of six states, including Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, west Virginia, and Delaware, as well as the District of Columbia.  Approximately 15 million people live within the watershed.  Three major tributaries, the Susquehanna, Potomac, and James Rivers, drain approximately 49,000 square miles or 76 percent of the Chesapeake basin.

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