Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement 2014
Chesapeake Bay partners envision an ecologically and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay watershed with clean water, rich living, preserved land and access to water, a living cultural heritage, and a diversity of engaged citizens and interest groups. In 2009, it became clear that we needed a new agreement that would accelerate the pace of restoration and direct federal guidance toward public and local goals to create a healthy bay. Bay Program partners collected input from residents, interest groups, academic institutions, local governments and more to develop an inclusive and focused document that addresses current and emerging environmental issues. The first agreement in 1983 was a simple, one-sided promise signed by the governors of Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, the mayor of the District of Columbia, the chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement`s pioneering new agreement contains a number of new objectives that will support the restoration and protection of the bay, its tributaries and the country surrounding the watershed. The 2014 agreement sets 2025 as the deadline to achieve the targets. A mid-term evaluation carried out in 2017 revealed significant progress in reducing pollution, mainly through the reduction of nutrients from wastewater treatment plants. But the assessment showed that polluted runoff from suburbs and urban areas is increasing, and also found that Pennsylvania generally lags behind other states. The agreement cited adaptive management as a central principle. Adaptive management is a process that supports decision-making in the face of uncertainty, reduces uncertainty over time, and responds to change. The Chesapeake Bay program implements this process through the Strategic Assessment System, which is available on ChesapeakeDecisions. Concretely, the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement identified critical goals on five topics: learn more about the Bay Agreement on www.chesapeakebay.net/watershedagreement These goals are linked: improving water quality can mean healthier fish and shellfish; land conservation can mean more habitat for wildlife; and an increase in environmental skills may mean an increase in bay resource managers.
Our environment is a system and these goals will support public health and the water separator as a whole. Since the creation of the Chesapeake Bay program in 1983, its partners have entered into written agreements to guide the restoration of the country`s largest mouth and basin. Setting goals and continuing to make progress make partners accountable for their work, while developing new agreements over time ensures that our goals are in line with the best available science to achieve restoration success. The long-term success of restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay depends on the work of individuals and communities living throughout the watershed. The link with current environmentalists and the encouragement of future local leaders contribute to the establishment of the network that will advance our work. A number of four agreements from 1983 led to the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay. From the outset, the agreements emphasized the importance of shared responsibility between the federal government, the federal states of Bay-Wasserscheide and the District of Columbia. No other approach would work since the bay`s drainage area spans 64,000 square miles over six states. But the first agreements were voluntary, with little responsibility. These agreements have made progress, but the states and the district have not achieved their own pollution reduction targets by far. .