2018 Legislative Session

CBF's Priorities for the Virginia General Assembly


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.

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.

Find out more about the policies needed to reduce pollution, restore our iconic fisheries, and strengthen local communities.

* 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.

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