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Western Shore of Maryland

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 the "Eastern Shore", which in great contrast to the west, has a distinct historical, cultural, sociological, and economic uniqueness, differences in statistics and a sense of personality, well-known in American and state history, politics and events, (although the uniqueness has been ameliorated a bit since the 1952 construction of the Gov. William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge (Chesapeake Bay Bridges), tying the two state regions closer together. The Western Shore overlaps with the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, and the regions of central Maryland 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 central Maryland - its Piedmont region with the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

Western Shore watershed

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines the "Western Shore" as the land from Harford County in the northeast down to Calvert County's bayfront communities to the southeast.[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]

See also


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

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