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SedimentChesapeake Bay region states and federal officials are planning to sign a new Chesapeake Bay cleanup agreement in October, more than a quarter century after the first Bay restoration pact was signed.

The states and federal government signed two previous agreements to reduce pollution in the Bay in 1987 and 2000. But the parties fell short of their goals to restore the Bay to health by 2000, and then missed a second deadline in 2010.  The failure of the second agreement inspired the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December 2010 to issue pollution limits -– also called the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint –- which threaten potential financial penalties for the states if they fail to meet pollution reduction targets by 2025.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation supports a new Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

“The goals and outcomes in the new agreement should complement and enhance implementation of the Blueprint, as well as accelerate restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams,” Kim Coble, CBF's Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, wrote to the committee drafting the new agreement.

“Our first priority for a new Bay agreement is ensuring accountability and transparency. Past Chesapeake Bay agreements have had limited success because they were not always clear who had the responsibility for implementing particular commitments. As we understand it, the new agreement will
contain a series of goals and outcomes.”

To learn more, click here.

By Tom Pelton

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

(NASA photo of sediment pollution pouring into Chesapeake Bay after rain storm)

 

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