aving the Bay and restoring clean water to its thousands of rivers and streams
throughout six states and the District of Columbia is a no brainer. It’s not par-
tisan. It’s not simply an environmental issue. It’s certainly not easy.
But for some bewildering reason, it’s contentious, even though we all know
that clean water provides safe drinking water, helps our economy, and is the legacy
we want to leave our children. As importantly, clean water is the law of the land. The
1972 Clean Water Act promised this nation “fishable, swimmable” waters by 1985—
a deadline long missed at great cost to society.
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C P So, CBF and our partners got serious in 2009,
suing the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) for failure to exercise its Clean Water Act
authorities in the Chesapeake Bay region. Save
the Bay readers know what happened next.
• After 18 months, we settled the suit with
a binding agreement that EPA would
establish science-based pollution limits
for the Bay and its rivers and streams.
•EPA delivered its promise on time, and
the states wrote their plans to meet those
limits with a 2017 mid-way and a 2025
hard-stop deadline. The Chesapeake
Clean Water Blueprint was born.
•A group of federal agricultural and
homebuilder lobbyists sued in federal
court to derail the Blueprint.
• The judge ruled decisively that EPA was
acting within its authorities and that the
Blueprint stands on firm legal ground.
•Many of the same groups appealed.
As we wait for the court to set the schedule
for oral arguments, we are finding friends of
many persuasions who support the Clean
The following article is reprinted with permission from Fly Rod & Reel ( www.flyrodreel.com).
Please enjoy the insightful prose by the very
talented writer Ted Williams. CBF continues to fight for the “swimmable, fishable” water promised by the Clean Water Act in 1972.