(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost released this statement following the signing of the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement by the Bay state governors, the mayor of Washington, D.C., the EPA administrator, and the chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation commends the leadership of Governor Martin O'Malley and Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill for their work on this new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The agreement continues the region's commitment to the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, as well as commitments to the Bay's crabs and oysters. The agreement also begins to tackle the challenges of global warming, toxics, and ensuring that tomorrow's leaders have a firm grounding in environmental literacy.
"This agreement is an important step in the efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, a national treasure. Progress has been made, but much more needs to be done. While signatures on paper are important, implementation of this agreement will be the test of the region's leaders' commitment to restoring local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay."