Chesapeake Bay restoration work would create 240,000 jobs, report says

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says that storm water and sewage plant upgrades intended to help nurse the environmentally-battered bay back to health would create nearly one-quarter of a million jobs.

The report released was Tuesday by the bay advocacy group. It is aimed at countering what the foundation calls inflated claims that the massive restoration directed by the Environmental Protection Agency would be harmful to the economy and lead to job losses.

The report found instead that water pollution projects could provide work for 240,000 full-time jobs across the bay region, including positions in engineering and construction.

The job projections include the so-called multiplier effect, or jobs created as a result of economic activity created by those upgrades.