It was the sweep of a pen on a simple
one-page document 34 years ago that
established the Chesapeake Bay Program,
the regional partnership that directs and
conducts the restoration of our Bay.
On the heels of a $27 million EPA study that confirmed
the Bay’s decline, that first Chesapeake Bay Agreement
in 1983 recognized the need for a cooperative approach
and named the Chesapeake Executive Council the chief
policy-making authority in the watershed.
The team was tasked to “fully address the extent,
complexity, and sources of pollutants entering the Bay”
and “share the responsibility for management decisions
and resources.” In addition, a liaison office for Chesapeake
Bay activities was established at EPA’s Central Laboratory
in Annapolis, Maryland.
This regional partnership has made great strides over
the years, bringing together experts, agencies, and
organizations; setting Bay-wide pollution-reduction goals;
and measuring our collective progress.
Now, as the Bay is halfway to the water-quality goals,
the Chesapeake Bay Program is threatened by federal
budget cuts that would eliminate the entire program.
With CBF’s support, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen are
working in Congress to make sure this doesn’t happen.
See page 24 for more information and to find out what you
can do to help.
CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM
PHOTO: On December 9, 1983, Virginia Governor Charles Robb;
Maryland Governor Harry Hughes; Pennsylvania Lieutenant
Governor William Scranton III; and not pictured D.C. Mayor Marion
Barry; Chesapeake Bay Commission Chairman Joseph Gartlan,
Jr.; and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
William Ruckleshaus signed the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement.