Keeping Virginia on Track for Full Bay Restoration
We're looking forward to the coming four years of working with Gov. Ralph Northam who was inaugurated as governor of Virginia in January. At the recent Clean Water Forum in Richmond, Gov. Ralph Northam spoke about his commitment to Bay restoration as rooted in his childhood on Virginia's Eastern Shore with the Bay in his backyard.
"If you look at my environmental record you will see that the health of the Chesapeake Bay and rivers and creeks that feed into the Bay is certainly very important," he said. He also emphasized that "in order to have a healthy economy in Virginia, we have to have the healthy Chesapeake Bay and rivers and streams that run into the Bay."
These words reflect Virginia voters' strong commitment to clean water as crucial to Virginia's culture, economy, and quality of life. According to a 2017 poll by The Wason Center for Public Policy and Virginia Environmental Endowment, 97 percent of Virginians support prioritizing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
We look forward to working with Gov. Ralph Northam and the General Assembly to ensure the success of these clean water goals. The future depends on strong state investment in farm conservation practices and efforts by localities to reduce polluted runoff. CBF will continue to work with our elected leaders and our committed citizens to reduce pollution, restore oysters and other iconic fisheries, and strengthen local communities.
Virginia Executive Director
Chesapeake Bay Foundation