required conservation and manure management plans. And see Lancaster City’s
rightfully proud Mayor Gray’s reflections
on progress in that city on page 21.
Many more examples of clean-water dividends are beginning to be realized. Save the
Bay would love to hear yours. Contact us at
THE FIRST SET OF MILESTONES
Are we on track?
Problems with transparency in all states,
however, must be addressed. For more
details, please see Bay Briefs (pages 22-25) or
Poultry & Egg Association in federal district court.
The Clean Water Blueprint depends on making incremental progress. The Chesapeake
Executive Council—the governors of the Bay
states, the mayor of Washington, D.C., the
EPA administrator, and the chairman of the Bay Commission—
announced the first of its interim
milestone targets in 2009. They
came due at the end of 2011.
In recent issues, Save the Bay has reported
the focused effort to derail the Blueprint for
the Chesapeake Bay. We’ve described legislation Virginia Congressman Robert
Goodlatte and others have proposed to
defund EPA or to disallow any federal
monies to be spent restoring the
Chesapeake. We have also noted the legal
challenge to EPA’s authorities to set pollu-It could be that Congressional efforts to
dismantle the Blueprint are waning; we are
seeing increasing and very encouraging
bipartisan support in Congress. CBF
and its 200,000 members thank those
Congressmen and women who stand with
us on the side of clean water. We will continue to ask our representatives to ignore
the rhetoric of the opposition and work for
Shortly after the Farm Bureau and the
others brought their suit, CBF—in partnership with Citizens for Pennsylvania’s
Future, Defenders of Wildlife,
Jefferson County Public Service
District, MidShore Riverkeeper
Conservancy, and the National
intervened in defense of EPA.
The case has been chugging
along and has recently moved to
a wait-and-see phase. In mid-July, CBF filed the reply to the
plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary
Judgment—a formal request for
a judgment in the plaintiff’s favor before a
lawsuit goes to trial. In our response, we
pointed out the logical and factual errors in
the plaintiff’s motion. The filing of our reply
ends the briefing phase of the case. We now
await a ruling from the court and the motion
and continue to prepare for trial.
tion limits brought by the American Farm
Bureau Federation, National Association of
Home Builders, National Chicken Council,
National Corn Growers Association,
National Pork Producers Council, National
Turkey Federation, Pennsylvania Farm
Bureau, The Fertilizer Institute, and U.S.
If fully implemented, the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint
will accelerate pollution reduction and
result in the “fishable, swimmable”
Clean Water Act of 1972.
In an effort to hold the states
accountable, CBF and the
Choose Clean Water Coalition
partnered to evaluate and publicize progress. Together, CBF and
the coalition analyzed progress
Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania made
towards a subset of agricultural, urban and
suburban, and sewage treatment pollution-reduction practices committed to in 2009.
We released our findings in early July. Each
of the jurisdictions is making progress.
•Virginia met seven of the nine milestone goals we reviewed. And where
Virginia fell short, the state needs to
rework the plan so the gap can be made
up during the 2012 and 2013 period.
• Maryland, which downwardly revised its
2009-2011 targets, met six of the eight
milestones reviewed. Implementation of
practices where the state fell short
should be accelerated as a result of
action taken in the 2012 Maryland legislative session.
•Pennsylvania met four of 10 milestones
and must redouble its efforts to get
OPPOSING CLEAN WATER
American Farm Bureau Federation
National Association of Home Builders
National Chicken Council
National Corn Growers Association
National Pork Producers Council
National Turkey Federation
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
The Fertilizer Institute
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
CBF takes every challenge seriously, and we
are constantly on the lookout for potential
THE BOTTOM LINE
Its time is now
Restoring clean water to the Chesapeake will
not just benefit us; it will benefit our children
and all future generations. Clean water will
help to bring back crabs, fish, and oysters;
strengthen our economy; and reduce human
health risks. Inaction will cost jobs and
threaten our way of life. The time is now.
To learn more about CBF’s efforts to support
the Clean Water Blueprint, visit cbf.org/blueprint.