WHERE WE STAND
The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
n 2013, CBF and our partners
will continue to focus on the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint–
that federal/state effort enacted in
late 2010 to reduce pollution sufficiently enough to get the Bay and its
tributaries off the Clean Water Act
“Impaired Waters” list.
Pollution hurts us all, young and old. It costs
jobs, destroys habitat, puts human health at
risk, and reduces opportunities for recreation.
Polluted water does not have to be the status
quo, however. If fully implemented, the
Blueprint will restore clean water to the 17
million people living in the region, protect
human health, provide healthy habitat, create good jobs, and be a proud legacy for our
children and grandchildren.
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Bay report. (Please see page 18.) The health
of the Bay has improved 14 percent in less
than five years and now is scored as a D+.
Dissolved oxygen jumped six points—a 30
percent improvement; the 2012 dead zone
was the smallest on record since 1985; and
crabs and native oysters all showed signs of
improvement. We are witnessing this
progress because governments, industries,
and individuals are excited by the progress.
They are rolling up their sleeves and working
together, seeking solutions and innovation.
Defending and Implementing The
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed
And, it was the legally binding settlement
between the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and CBF that set the timetable
for the Blueprint. When EPA issued science-based, mandatory limits for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution entering the
Chesapeake in 2010, the Bay states and the
District of Columbia in the Bay watershed
developed and have now begun to implement
their plans to meet those limits by 2025.
Dr. Donald Boesch, perhaps the preeminent
Bay scientist, has written repeatedly that
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint presents
not just a moment in time for clean water,
but the only moment our society may have
to restore the Bay. Specifically, he has said,
“There is just no evidence for concluding
that we will have another chance.”
The good news is the Blueprint is working.
Pollution is being reduced. By some measures, we are half way towards the region’s
pollution-reduction targets. In January of
this year, CBF released our 2012 State of the
While our optimism can be high and
while we know that most people react to
the news of progress enthused to push for
even more, we can never be complacent.
The reason is that some special interests
remain obstinate. They are in court fighting
the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Some local officials are balking, too. In
Maryland, for instance, seven rural counties
responded to a Baltimore law firm’s siren
call to stage a mini-revolt, claiming they
should be excused from local pollution-reduction efforts.
And so in 2013, CBF will continue our
efforts to defend and implement the