Most experts consider the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint the Chesapeake Bay’s best, and perhaps last, chance for real restoration. What makes the Blueprint better than previous efforts is that it has teeth.
As part of the Blueprint, the six Bay states and District of Columbia vowed to implement the strategies needed to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams by 2025. The states also committed to two-year incremental goals called milestones. And failure to meet these milestones can result in federal consequences.
We’re working to make sure states achieve their clean water commitments.
That’s why we’re pleased to announce today the release of our latest Milestones Report. Produced jointly by CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, the report takes a detailed look at whether or not states are on track to meet their 2017 pollution-reduction targets.
Making certain these states fulfill their pledge is critical to our mission of restoring crabs, fish, and oysters, while protecting water quality for our kids to swim safely.
The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is working so far—pollution is being reduced, Bay grasses are rebounding in some areas, and dead zones are shrinking. But the latest science and our analysis make it clear the cleanup is dramatically off course in some states and from some pollution sources.
Restoring local rivers and streams, and saving the Chesapeake Bay, will provide immense benefits today and for future generations. If progress is not accelerated, we will continue to have polluted water, human health hazards, and lost jobs—at a huge cost to society.
We must stay vigilant. —Will
William C. Baker
Chesapeake Bay Foundation