HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia must spend about $518 million in the next decade to keep a promise the states made last year to save 20 percent of the Chesapeake Bay's watershed from development, a new study shows.

The report, released by the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state group of legislators and conservationists, tallies the total amount of watershed that has been protected from development by each of the states. About 17 percent of the watershed has been preserved, so far.

It also shows how much money each state has spent on watershed preservation, and how much more land must be conserved to reach the states' combined goal of saving about 1.1 million acres by 2010.

Doing so will be expensive, the report shows, and it urges states to begin considering, now, how to lock in the fOn the Net:

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