Maintaining the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

By WTAJ News

Published 06/16 2014 08:37PM

Updated 06/16 2014 09:04PM

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Tom Corbett today joined executives from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sign the latest iteration of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

“This agreement is a sensible way to approach improving both the water quality and the environment of a region that means so much to all of us,” Corbett said. “I applaud the cooperative efforts of all bay watershed entities that have made this historic agreement possible.”

The signing took place at the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council Meeting, an annual gathering that promotes cooperative partnership between the states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

Goals in the agreement address the following: sustainable fisheries, vital habitats, water quality, toxic contaminants, healthy watersheds, stewardship, land conservation, public access, environmental literacy and resiliency of the bay ecosystem.

DEP efforts include updating nitrogen and phosphorous limits in permits for wastewater treatment plants, issuing municipal stormwater system permits with nutrient planning requirements, and fostering a successful nutrient credit trading program that incentivizes best management practices.

This is the fourth agreement over the program’s 30 year history. The first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed in 1983 by Governor Thornburgh. Governor Casey signed the second agreement in 1987, and Governor Ridge signed the third agreement in 2000.

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