May 15, 2014
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Statement on Signing of Stormwater Runoff Bill
(GLOUCESTER POINT, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued this statement today after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Senate Bill 423. The bill, along with its companion House Bill 1173, implement Virginia's Stormwater Management Program effective July 1.
"CBF applauds the General Assembly for approving, and Gov. McAuliffe for signing, compromise legislation that preserves and implements Virginia's stormwater management program while also addressing the concerns of localities.
"Thanks to the leadership of Delegate Keith Hodges, Senator Emmett Hanger, and the McAuliffe Administration, the legislation allows the Commonwealth to move forward on reducing runoff pollution, one of the few key Chesapeake Bay pollutants that continue to increase. Reducing runoff is critical to the success of Virginia's Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, the state's plan to restore the Bay watershed by 2025. The legislation is an important step toward achieving that goal."