The award was given to CBF President Will Baker during NAEP's 42nd Annual Conference held in Durham, North Carolina from March 27-30, 2017.
CBF's defense of the Blueprint began in 2009 when, along with several other groups, we filed a Complaint against EPA for failure to comply with the Clean Water Act and the terms of the Chesapeake Bay Agreements. As a result of our lawsuit, an historic settlement agreement was reached with EPA on May 10, 2010. The agreement forced EPA to take specific actions to ensure that pollution to rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay be reduced sufficiently to remove the Bay from the federal impaired waters list and EPA agreed to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), or Clean Water Blueprint, for the Bay.
CBF and our partners successfully defended the Blueprint in federal court after the American Farm Bureau Federation filed a lawsuit against EPA attempting to stop the TMDL and implementation plans from moving forward. In 2016, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the Farm Bureau's final appeal, essentially ratifying the Blueprint and concluding the five-year legal battle. Scientists credit the Blueprint with improving the water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and helping fishery populations rebound.
Additional information on CBF's litigation in defense of the Blueprint can be found on our Concluded Cases page.
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