AT RISK: THE CHESAPEAKE
CLEAN WATER BLUEPRINT
Its time is now.
ince December 2010 when EPA exercised its Clean Water Act
authorities by releasing enforceable pollution limits for the Bay states
and the District of Columbia and since, subsequently, the states
released their plans to meet those limits by 2025, CBF as been championing this federal/state cooperation. Together the pollution targets and the
states’ plans comprise a Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake and its
rivers and streams.
Knowing the Bay and its rivers are an economic engine, a recreational
resource for the 17 million people who live in its watershed and the millions more who visit the region, and home to thousands of species, including crabs, oysters, rockfish, and a variety of birds, CBF members agree. You
have voiced your frustration with years of slow progress, job losses and
human health risks associated with water pollution, and degradation of
If fully implemented, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint will ensure
pollution reduction and result in the “fishable, swimmable” waters promised by the Clean Water Act of 1972. The Blueprint (a) ensures everyone
shares in the responsibility, (b) sets two-year, incremental pollution-reduction goals—known as milestones—to keep progress on track, and (c)
imposes consequences for failure, ensuring states and localities will meet
With so much promise, this is the moment in time for the Chesapeake.
CBF and its many partners are fully committed to defending and implementing the Blueprint. We are engaging citizens throughout the region,
encouraging them to let their local, state, and federal representatives hear
from them; challenging well-funded opposition working in the courts and
in Congress to derail the Blueprint; and collaborating with stakeholders to
help them find solutions to implement the Blueprint.
To find out how you can be part of the Clean Water Blueprint, visit
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