The Choice is Ours
The leaders of the Bay states are aware of the
inconsistent progress, where the problem
areas are, and where the shining stars are. At
its annual meeting on July 23, the Chesapeake
Bay Program Executive Council—Bay state
governors, District of Columbia mayor, EPA
Administrator, and Chairman of the Bay
Commission—acknowledged what is working and what is not working. We want them
to do more than acknowledge the status quo;
we want them to change it.
To that end, CBF has asked our members
to let the executive council members hear
their voices. Many of you have spoken up.
From letters to the editor from two former
EPA administrators and another from a former Bay state governor to tens of thousands of e-mails to EPA and sitting
governors, your voices are building a
drumbeat of demand. We want clean water.
We deserve clean water. We insist on leadership and action to get clean water.
It is now critical that the governors of
the Bay states and the Administrator of
the Environmental Protection Agency
exert leadership to fully implement the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Each of the six states in
the Chesapeake Bay
watershed, and the District
of Columbia, created
individual plans to restore
the Bay’s health.
The Total Maximum Daily
Load ( TMDL) is the science–
based limit on the amount
of nitrogen, phosphorus,
and sediment that can
safely enter the Bay.
The state plans and the
federal limit together
make the Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint.
check–in points to
ensure the states
remain accountable for
EPA will keep an eye on
all the states’ progress
to ensure they remain
on track to meet their
Blueprint goals and
if they fail.
How are EPA and the states ensuring that progress is made in cleaning up the Bay and our local waters?
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