21 States Oppose Clean Water for Chesapeake Bay States
The American Farm Bureau Federation and Fertilizer Institute have recruited 21 states from across the country to support their efforts to derail Chesapeake Bay restoration. Together, they're seeking to overturn the recent ruling which declared the science-based pollution limits and the cleanup plan legal.
The 21 states involved are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
On February 4, 2014, the states filed an amici ("friend of the court") brief supporting the agricultural lobbyist groups' appeal of the September 2013 ruling by Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo. The ruling affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working with the states, has the authority to set science-based water pollution limits. In fact, she heralded the interaction between the federal government and the states as cooperative federalism at its best.
The Chesapeake Bay states have worked with the federal government to develop a Blueprint for clean water in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. And it is working. Hard-working farmers, businesses, and individuals are working together to make our rivers and streams safer, improve habitat, protect human health, and strengthen local economies.
According to their amicus brief, these 21 states are concerned that if the Blueprint works here, other watersheds—like the Mississippi River Basin— "could be next." And they have every reason to be concerned. A recent review of the EPA's National Water Quality Assessment Report indicates these states face their own serious water quality issues.
Add your name to our petition. Tell Alaska, Utah, Montana, Kansas, and the other 17 states backing these lobbyists: Don't tell us how to restore clean water in our backyard!