Virginia's Path to Clean Water

Clean Water Policies for Virginia

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Prioritizing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams is supported by 97 percent of Virginians, according to a 2017 poll*. This is a guide for public officials and residents to keeping Virginia on course to fully restoring its waterways.

2018 General Assembly

We are on the way to fulfilling this vision of clear, clean, thriving waterways and prospering communities through the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the federal-state partnership to reduce pollution to our waterways. But leadership and action at the state level is critical to getting the job done.

Virginia's 2018 General Assembly begins January 10. Our legislators must ensure Virginia stays on track to restoring its waters. Clean water priorities include:

CBF looks forward to working with Governor Ralph Northam and state legislators to ensure the success of the Commonwealth's clean water goals. Check our General Assembly Update page for the latest CBF update on legislation.

More information on the policies needed to reduce pollution, restore our iconic fisheries, and strengthen local communities is available below.

Reduce Pollution

Fortunately, Virginia is largely on track to achieve its Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint goals for reducing pollution. Moving forward, the Commonwealth needs to continue investing in programs that reduce runoff from agriculture and developed communities.
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Restore Oysters and Iconic Fisheries

The recovery of oysters, crabs, and other Bay fisheries will support Virginia's once-legendary seafood industry and the thousands of jobs that rely on it. To flourish, these fisheries need clean water, healthy habitat, and sound, science-based management.
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Strengthen Local Communities

Virginia's rivers and the Bay are economic assets supplying jobs in tourism, seafood, and outdoor recreation industries. Fully implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint would increase the value of Virginia's natural benefits by $8.3 billion annually.
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* Poll conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Environmental Endowment. The poll focused on environmental attitudes, concerns, and policy preferences. It is based upon interviews of 826 registered Virginia voters conducted between January 29 and February 12, 2017, including 382 landline interviews and 443 cell phone interviews. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.7% at the 95% level of confidence.

Photo credits (from top): Bobby Whitescarver, Chesapeake Bay Program, CBF Staff

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