(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement today after Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was named chair of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council, the top policy-making body for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The Executive Council is comprised of the Bay state governors, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor of the District of Columbia, and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation congratulates Gov. McAuliffe on becoming chair of the Executive Council, especially now as the Bay states wrestle with the challenge of accelerating pollution reductions from farms and urban areas. This is a challenge Gov. McAuliffe has acknowledged and embraced as Virginia and the region continue implementing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the regional plan to restore the Bay, its rivers, and streams.
"CBF therefore will be closely watching the investments in Bay restoration contained in Gov. McAuliffe's proposed state budget, due out Dec. 17. While CBF understands Virginia faces challenging fiscal pressures, investments in clean water will strengthen and diversify Virginia's economy and improve the quality of life for future generations. For example, a recent economic analysis found a restored Bay will produce nearly $8 billion in additional benefits to Virginia's economy each year.