In 2009, CBF and partners—frustrated by
years of missed voluntary deadlines for
restoration—sued EPA for failure to enforce
the Clean Water Act. As part of our binding
2010 settlement agreement with EPA, the
agency agreed to allocate science-based pol-lution-limit targets to the seven Bay jurisdictions (New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the
District of Columbia) by the end of 2010.
EPA must require the jurisdictions to write
and implement plans to achieve those limit
targets; monitor, track, and report on incremental, two-year progress; and face consequences for failure.
In a word, we got serious about pollution
reduction. Why? Pollution hurts. Every day
and in every way. Pollution degrades water
quality, threatens drinking water sources,
destroys wildlife habitat, and costs jobs.
Conversely, reducing pollution and cleaning
up our waterways provides countless biological, economic, and health benefits, and,
moreover, is the legacy we want to leave our
children and grandchildren.
For those reasons, defending and implementing the Blueprint is the spot on the wall
for all of us at CBF.
1987 The goal for pollution reduction was upped to 40
percent by 2000 and went unmet.
2000 A new Chesapeake agreement extends deadline for
40 percent pollution reduction to 2010.
2007 EPA reports the 2010 deadline will be missed and that
pollution trends are increasing.
2008 CBF and partners file a notice of intent to sue EPA for
failure to enforce the Clean Water Act.
2009 CBF and partners file suit against EPA for failure to
enforce the Clean Water Act.
2010 The EPA suit concludes with a binding settlement and
EPA issues pollution limits.
2011 The American Farm Bureau and others sue, challenging
EPA’s Clean Water Act authority.
2013 Federal judge denies plaintiffs’ complaints.
Farm Bureau groups appeal.
2014 Attorneys general from 21 states file in support of the
Farm Bureau appeal. (See page 8)
Four Bay jurisdictions, legal scholars, and environmental
groups from around the country file in support of EPA.
2008 Clean-water supporters rally in D.C. demanding EPA
take action on Bay restoration.
1972 The Clean Water Act was made law with bipartisan
support from Congress.
1979 The deadline for states to create pollution limits for
impaired waters is unmet.
1983 EPA signs first Bay agreement with Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.