BF’s 2012 State of the Bay Report shows
the health of the Bay improved one point
over the last report in 2010, and is up four
points since 2008, a 14 percent improvement
in less than five years.
“Continued progress shows what
can be done when governments,
businesses, and individuals work
together to save local rivers, streams,
and the Chesapeake Bay,” CBF
President William C. Baker said.
“While the Bay is still dangerously
out of balance, I am cautiously
optimistic for the future. The
federal/state Clean Water Blueprint for the
Chesapeake Bay is in place and beginning
Of the 13 indicators that make up the report
(see score card), five improved, seven stayed
the same, and only one declined. This year’s
score of 32 is still far short of goal of 70,
But Much More Needs to be Done
which would represent a saved Bay. The
unspoiled Bay ecosystem described by
Captain John Smith in the 1600s, with its
extensive forests and wetlands, clear water,
While hopeful, a Bay health index
of 32 on a scale of 1 to 100 should
be a sobering reminder that there is
a great deal left to do.
—William C. Baker, CBF President
abundant fish and oysters, and lush growths
of submerged vegetation serves as the benchmark, and would rate a 100 on CBF’s scale.
“We have made progress, but much of the
Bay and many local waterways don’t provide
healthy habitat for fish, oysters, and other
aquatic life,” Baker said. “Pollution has cost
thousands of jobs and continues to put
human health at risk.”
The Clean Water Blueprint (see page 10)
requires all of us, in all the Bay
states, to reduce pollution to local
creeks, rivers, and the Bay. State
and local governments will be held
responsible for those reductions or
potentially lose federal funding and
be denied federal permits.
“We have never before had this
level of accountability and trans-
parency in Bay restoration efforts,”
Baker said. “This is indeed THE moment in
time for the Bay. Our children and grandchil-
dren can inherit a restored Chesapeake Bay,
but only if we continue the hard work and
investments that will lead to success.”
uThe full State of the Bay report is available
online at cbf.org/2012stateofthebay.
2013 Clean-Water Priorities
• Working with state policy makers to secure
financial and programmatic support for
communities as they plan and implement
• Assisting local governments with technical
and stormwater permitting issues to ensure
that local governments achieve their goals.
• Continuing to assist farmers to reduce pollution through the implementation of on-farm best management practices.
“Nearly one quarter of our streams and rivers
are impaired, and that is unacceptable.”
—Pennsylvania Executive Director
• Ensuring that the Bay Trust Fund, which provides money and technical assistance to local
jurisdictions, is for the first time fully funded.
• Working with local jurisdictions to identify
cost-effective strategies to achieve pollution
• Defending gains made during last year’s legislative session to reduce pollution from
stormwater, septic systems, and sprawling
“We believe that solutions exist or are on the
horizon. Innovative technologies, creative
approaches to reducing pollution, and long-term financing will all be necessary to help local
governments achieve their goals.”
—Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost
• Ensuring the legislature approves funding for
upgrading municipal wastewater treatment
plants, controlling stormwater runoff, and
assisting farmers with conservation practices.
• Working with state and local officials to
ensure Virginia meets its two-year Bay
• Ensuring Virginia implements the Atlantic
States Marine Fisheries Commission’s menhaden management plan protecting menhaden, the Bay ecosystem, and fisheries jobs.
“Virginia has made great progress reducing
pollution from wastewater plants and farms
and managing blue crabs and oysters. But
much work remains to be done.”