The results from last night mean that the work the current Administration's EPA has been conducting with Chesapeake Bay region states to implement pollution limits for the Bay will continue. There will be at least some level of consistency at the federal level in defending and putting into action these critically important pollution limits (also called the Bay “Total Maximum Daily Loads.”) The limits were issued by EPA in December 2010 and require a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen pollution and a 24 percent cut in phosphorus pollution into the Bay by 2025.
In response to these limits, the Bay region states have created cleanup plans that are like blueprints for restoring the health of the nation's largest estuary. The plans call for the construction of stormwater pollution control systems in cities and counties; the implementation of runoff control practices on farms; upgrades to sewage treatment plants; and many other investments to reduce pollution in our local streams and rivers.
These Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprints are vital for the future of our entire region.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a nonpartisan organization founded by conservationists of both parties, is determined to keep up our work for clean water regardless of who is in control of the White House and Congress. We have kept up our tireless advocacy, with Republican and Democratic administrations, for more than four decades.
Now our work continues, and only intensifies, as we seize this critical moment in time to build on the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint.
By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation