A SAVED BAY
Within Our Reach
At CBF, we talk a lot about how the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is the Bay’s
best, and perhaps last, chance for restoration. But we’ve come to realize that many
Save the Bay readers aren’t exactly sure what the Blueprint is. So, here goes…
In December 2010—after the Chesapeake
Bay jurisdictions (New York, Pennsylvania,
Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia,
Virginia, and the District of Columbia)
missed years of deadlines for restoration—
EPA created science-based limits for the
nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution that flows into the Chesapeake.
EPA allocated those limits to the Bay
states and the District of Columbia.
Reducing pollution to these prescribed
levels will restore the Chesapeake Bay and
its rivers and streams.
The Bay watershed states and D.C. released
plans outlining the actions they would take
by 2025 to meet those limits. Together, the
enforceable pollution limits and the states’
implementation plans comprise the
Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
Some estimates suggest pollution to the Bay
has been halved, and signs of recovery
abound. The Bay, however, is still at a point
where progress could be lost. The Blueprint
will build on that great progress that has
already been achieved.
If we push forward and fully implement the
Clean Water Blueprint, we will see the number
of healthy fish in our local water ways soar, and
crabs and oysters will rebound in the Bay.
Projects to upgrade our stormwater infrastructure and restore the land’s natural filtering
ability—crucial elements of the Blueprint—
will create jobs, strengthen the economy, and
leave our cities and coasts better prepared to
handle volatile weather. Our children and all
future generations will greatly benefit from the
restoration of clean water to the Chesapeake
and the rivers and streams that feed it.
If we fail to follow this science-based plan to
restore the Bay, we will continue to face polluted water, failing fish stocks, human health
hazards, and lost jobs.
In this issue of Save the Bay, you will read
about several initiatives that are critical to
The Bay’s problems have been identified; we
have the know-how and tools to fix them;
and the health, economic, and quality-of-life
benefits of a restored Chesapeake Bay dramatically outweigh clean-up costs.
The bottom line is that all of us who live in
Bay states must share the responsibility for
cleaning up our waterways. If we work
together to ensure that the Blueprint succeeds, a saved Bay is within our reach.