For Immediate Release May 12, 2009
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CHESAPEAKE BAY PROTECTION AND RESTORATION
Despite significant efforts by Federal, State, and local governments and other interested parties, water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay prevents the attainment of existing State water quality standards and the "fishable and swimmable" goals of the Clean Water Act. At the current level and scope of pollution control within the Chesapeake Bay's watershed, restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is not expected for many years. The pollutants that are largely responsible for pollution of the Chesapeake Bay are nutrients, in the form of nitrogen and phosphorus, and sediment. These pollutants come from many sources, including sewage treatment plants, city streets, development sites, agricultural operations, and deposition from the air onto the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the lands of the watershed.
Restoration of the health of the Chesapeake Bay will require a renewed commitment to controlling pollution from all sources as well as protecting and restoring habitat and living resources, conserving lands, and improving management of natural resources, all of which contribute to improved water quality and ecosystem health. The Federal Government should lead this effort. Executive departments and agencies (agencies), working in collaboration, can use their expertise and resources to contribute significantly to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay also will depend on the support of State and local governments, the enterprise of the private sector, and the stewardship provided to the Chesapeake Bay by all the people who make this region their home.
PART 3 – RESTORE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATER QUALITY
PART 4 – AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES TO PROTECT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
PART 5 – REDUCE WATER POLLUTION FROM FEDERAL LANDS AND FACILITIES
PART 6 – PROTECT CHESAPEAKE BAY AS THE CLIMATE CHANGES
PART 7 – EXPAND PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND CONSERVE LANDSCAPES AND ECOSYSTEMS
PART 8 – MONITORING AND DECISION SUPPORT FOR ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT
PART 9 – LIVING RESOURCES PROTECTION AND RESTORATION
PART 10 – EXCEPTIONS
PART 11 – GENERAL PROVISIONS
administrative, or legislative proposals.
May 12, 2009.
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