Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

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    What is the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint?

    Most experts consider the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint the Chesapeake Bay's best, and perhaps last, chance for real restoration.

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    What Is Killing the Bay?

    There are three major contributors to the poor health of our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay: nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.

  • This Week in the Watershed

    West Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan

    West Virginia and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific plans to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025.

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    Washington, D.C.'s Watershed Implementation Plan

    Washington, D.C. and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific plans to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025.

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    Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan

    Virginia and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific Watershed Implementation Plans or WIPs to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025.

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    The History of Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts

    A history of the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and implement the Clean Water Blueprint.

  • A Restored Chesapeake Bay Hanging in the Balance

    The Fight to Save the Blueprint

    On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the request of the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies to take up their case challenging the legality of the Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan known as the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

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    The Facts About the Clean Water Blueprint

    Some of the nation's most powerful legal and political forces are trying to derail efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Here's the truth about Bay restoration efforts.

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    The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

    Learn about the Blueprint for protecting and restoring our Bay, rivers, and streams for us and future generations.

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    Washington, D.C.'s Watershed Implementation Plan

    Washington, D.C. and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific plans to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025.

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    Rainfall Revelations—Summer 2016

    After rain storms bacteria levels can rise above safety levels established by state and federal governments. That's the conclusion of water tests conducted this summer in three states by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

In the Blog

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Remarkable Day of Giving

    December 1, 2017

    In what's becoming an annual tradition, a motley crew of brave (or crazy?) CBF staffers plunged into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the third consecutive year as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Losing Our Compass

    October 27, 2017

    At the foundation of all the work to save the Bay is one fundamental element–science.

  • A Clean Chesapeake Bay Requires a Strong EPA

    October 25, 2017

    In September of 1983, the results of a seven-year EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay landed on our respective desks — one of us was the new administrator of EPA, recently appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and the other was the new president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

  • We Can All Take Steps to Address Climate Change

    October 18, 2017

    As if flooding from sea-level rise isn't enough, climate change could also threaten our beloved Virginia oysters. For all of us who enjoy oysters regularly, it's no surprise that Vibrio bacteria are more likely to be an issue during warmer months.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Toxic Clouds

    October 13, 2017

    At first glance, emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, Indiana, or Tennessee would seem completely unrelated to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

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