As part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the six Bay states and District of Columbia vowed to implement the strategies needed to restore the Bay and its rivers and streams by 2025. The states also committed to two-year incremental goals called Milestones. Failure to meet these Milestones can result in federal consequences.
On June 16, 2016, CBF issued statements following the release of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) assessment of progress made by the states in their 2014-15 milestones.
Overall, EPA found that:
- Pennsylvania did not meet its 2015 goal for nitrogen and sediment pollution reduction and will not meet its 2017 goals for nitrogen and phosphorus, but will meet its goal for sediment;
- Maryland did not meet its 2015 goal for nitrogen pollution reduction but is on track to meet its 2017 goals for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment; and
- Virginia met its 2015 goals for nitrogen and phosphorus, but not sediment, and is on track to meet its 2017 goals for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.
These Milestones are critical components to restoration efforts because they provide the mechanism to hold government accountable for short-term progress toward their long-term pollution-reduction goals. They enable the states and EPA to identify shortcomings and take corrective action before the deadlines are reached.