ate nearly 240,000 new jobs in wastewater
treatment and stormwater management alone.
CBF thanks Virginia Congressman Gerry
Connolly for sharing our report with every
member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Pennsylvania Congressmen Tim Holden and
Glenn Thompson, as well as Bob Gibbs,
Chairman of the House Water Resources and
Environment Subcommittee. Thompson is a
corn and soybean farmer and a former president
of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
Goodlatte wants it out of the Chesapeake
Bay area, his life, and yours as well.
Local Support: In addition to our ongoing
efforts to educate, advocate, restore, and litigate when necessary to support and implement the Bay pollution limits, CBF is reaching into communities throughout the
region, putting staff and volunteers there to
help shore up the political will necessary to
write and implement effective plans and to
provide the technical assistance some communities have indicated they need.
Congressman Goodlatte’s 47-page bill is a
long and tough read. But here’s the scary
bottom line: It rewrites the Clean Water Act,
only for the Chesapeake Bay states and D.C.,
and removes federal authority to make the
states limit pollution.
Congressman Goodlatte’s bill would effectively end the Chesapeake Bay restoration
that 200,000 current CBF members and
supporters, and all those who have gone
before us, have worked for since CBF was
founded in 1967.
Litigation: The Fertilizer Institute, the Pork
Producers, the National Association of
Home Builders, and others—have filed their
opening brief in their lawsuit against the pollution limits. CBF has joined in the case in
defense of the Bay pollution limits.
Basic clean water protections available to citizens in 44 other states would be taken away
for those who live in Maryland, Virginia,
Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of
Columbia, New York, and West Virginia.
We need your help to keep Congressman
Goodlatte’s bill from becoming law. The
money and political power of forces lobbying
for the Goodlatte bill are enormous. But your
power is enormous, too, if you will use it.
Please go here, now, cbf.org/getinvolved to let
your Senators and Representative know that
you won’t stand for more failure.
Remember the 1983 agreement between the
states to bring back the Chesapeake Bay’s
health? Fell short. The 1987 agreement? Fell
short. The 2000 agreement? Fell short.
Remember rivers bursting into flame, and
enormous, smelly, green algae mats before
passage of the 1972 federal Clean Water Act?
Is that what we want?
Understanding Pollution Limits
Save the Bay hopes to demystify important
elements of the new federal/state pollution-reduction plan.
In March, Congressman Bob Goodlatte,
Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture
Committee, introduced legislation in Congress
that, if passed and signed into law, would dra-
matically set back progress in restoring the Bay. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
His bill, H.R. 4153, has the support of two other
leaders of the House Agriculture Committee,
One is nutrient trading. Trading is based on
the fact that the cost to reduce water pollu-
tion differs dramatically among pollution
sources (see below). Under a nutrient-trad-
ing program, an entity that reduces pollu-
tion below its annual limit can sell its sur-
plus reductions, or credits, to other sources
facing higher pollution-reduction costs. A
win-win: The necessary pollution reductions
Cost of Nitrogen Pollution Reduction by Sector and Practice (per pound)
Restored/Constructed Wetlands $1.50
Grassed Buffers $3.20
Conservation Tillage $3.20
Cover Crops $4.70
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades (Average) $15.80
Enhanced Nutrient Management $21.90
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades (High) $47.40
Stormwater Management for New Development $92.40
Stormwater Retrofits $200.00+
Wastewater Treatment Plants
Source: World Resources Institute, 2011