Western Shore of Maryland

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Maryland's Western Shore (not to be confused with Western Maryland) is an area of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay. The term does not identify an official region of Maryland, but it is often used in contrast to "Eastern Shore". The Western Shore overlaps with the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and with Southern Maryland.

Since it is not an officially defined region, there is no official border for the Western Shore but it can be taken to include the following counties, which border the Chesapeake Bay on the west:

To residents of the Eastern Shore, the term "Western Shore" can refer to all of the counties of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay, particularly the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

Western Shore Watershed[edit]

The EPA defines the Western Shore as the land from Harford County down to Calvert County's bayfront communities.[1]

Oxygen levels in the Chesapeake bay are a continuing concern.[1] As of 2010, the EPA is introducing new laws to reduce Western Shore nitrogen pollutants released into the bay from 16.89 million lbs per year to 9.74 million lbs per year. The laws would also restrict phosphorus pollutants from 830,000 lbs per year to 460,000 lbs per year.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Pamela Woods (July 2, 2010). "Bay going on strict 'pollution diet". The capitol. 

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Coordinates: 38°53′50.81″N 76°29′22.43″W / 38.8974472°N 76.4895639°W / 38.8974472; -76.4895639