|Standing up for the Blueprint
|We all must work together for clean water now and for generations to come! It's more important than ever. Photo by Miguel Angel de la Cueva/iLCP.
Across the Chesapeake region, citizens, businesses, and governments—from both sides of the aisle—are rolling up their sleeves to reduce pollution to our rivers, streams, and Bay. And it is working. In fact, our recent State of the Bay Report showed the Bay's health earned its highest score ever!
Bay grasses and crabs are up, the water is the clearest it's been in decades, and the dead zone is trending smaller. Clearly the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—the state-federal partnership to reduce pollution and Save the Bay—is working. But the recovery is fragile, and it is imperative that all 18 million of us who call the Bay region home recognize that the Bay is not saved yet. Not by a long shot.
Recently, the proposed federal budget threatens to eliminate all funding to EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program—a program that plays a critical role in coordinating and sustaining the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that citizens let their elected officials know that clean water should be an important priority.
With that in mind, here are a few resources to help you understand the issues at hand and to help you speak out on behalf of clean water everywhere:
All of us who love the Bay and its rivers and streams, must continue to do our part in restoring it. Our economy, our environment, and our health depend on it.