Staying the Course
First thing in the morning on November 9,
the phone started ringing in CBF’s Federal
Affairs office. It hasn’t stopped since.
Everyone wants to know what the federal
election results mean for the Chesapeake
Bay watershed. The adage that comes to
mind? “The more things change, the more
they stay the same.” With all the drama on
the news, how could that be?
Here is how: For years, our states have been
working together to clean local waters and
the Chesapeake Bay. In 2014, all signed an
agreement with the federal government—
the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement—to
achieve specific water-quality goals and to
address significant land, wildlife, and fisheries issues as well. And while the agreement seemed to be in peril last year because
Residents like you are still
serious about clean water,
and your voice is as
important as ever.
D.C. & FEDERAL AFFAIRS
For years, our states have been working together for clean water. They will continue to do so.
Pennsylvania had fallen behind, on October
4, 2016, something changed. Dramatically.
After CBF pressure, Bay state governors and
federal government leaders announced a
new strategy. They were going to invest in
the practices, places, and people that will
provide the biggest pollution reductions for
rivers and streams and the Bay (see page 22).
Then, on November 8, many things changed.
On election day, they always do. But here’s
what stayed the same: Residents like you are
still serious about clean water, and your voice
is as important as ever. Virginia, Maryland,
Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West
Virginia, the District of Columbia, the
Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S.
Department of Agriculture are still serious
about cleaning up our waterways. The 2014
Chesapeake Bay Agreement is still very
much in place. And the new President-elect
has stated many times that clean water will
be a top priority in his administration. And,
for the clean-water needs of the 18 million
residents of our Bay watershed; for our crabs,
oysters, and other critters; for our thousands
of miles of local rivers and streams; and for
our local jobs and healthy, productive farms,
we at CBF will stay the course, working in
Congress for continued federal partnership
and support to save the Bay.
U To learn more about CBF’s federal clean-water efforts, visit cbf.org/DC.