The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
ince the Chesapeake Clean Water
Blueprint was developed in late
2010, CBF’s priority has been to
defend and implement this federal-state commitment to reduce pollution in rivers, streams, and the Bay.
Programs and funding are due in
place by 2025 to return our waters
to clean and healthy.
The Blueprint came about after CBF and several partners sued the U.S. Environmental
for failure to
enforce the federal
Clean Water Act,
this nation fishable, swimmable
waters by 1985.
Our legally binding settlement
EPA in 2010,
which many called
obligated EPA to
for the Bay and
pollution-reduction targets to
each of the six
Bay states and
the District of
Bay states, in
turn, have written and have begun to implement their own
plans to achieve those limits.
The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—EPA’s
pollution limits and the states’ plans to implement them—is in place, and it is working.
The very good news is that we are making
progress. By some measures, we are halfway
to meeting the pollution-reduction targets.
This progress reminds us what can happen
when governments, businesses, and individuals roll up their sleeves and cooperate.
Halfway is not all the way, however. Our
waters are neither clear nor free of toxic contaminants. They do not have healthy levels
of dissolved oxygen to support life.
The job is far from finished. To make the job
more difficult, opposition abounds from
those who prefer not to do their fair share.
This section of Save the Bay is a status
report focusing on two pollution sectors—
agriculture and urban and suburban
runoff—and the opposition efforts to derail
progress in both.
The largest source of pollution to local rivers
and streams and the Bay remains agriculture.
That said, farmers in every
reach of the
have worked to
reduce their pollution. They
deserve to be
Yet, they must
There are two
farmers in their
efforts. The first
is to ensure
there is adequate federal
and state cost-share monies to
implement conservation practices. Replacing buffers along streams to minimize soil and nutrient loss and fencing cattle
AIR POLLUTION WASTEWATER
SOURCES OF NITROGEN POLLUTION IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY