(WASHINGTON, DC)—CBF President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the new federal strategy for the Chesapeake Bay:
"The Federal Leadership Committee's plan released today represents a strong, coordinated, prioritized set of commitments.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation fully supports the integrated ecosystem approach articulated in the plan. It is what science tells us is needed. And many of the details in the plan give us something against which to measure.
"That being true, we have seen many plans before. 1983, 1987, and 2000. So, while we were very pleased by President Obama's Executive Order last year and by the work since then by the Federal Leadership Committee, we know from experience that a plan alone will not deliver this nation's promise of safe, clean water to the Chesapeake Bay.
"We were therefore very pleased that, complementing the federal plan, CBF and its partners reached an enforceable agreement with EPA two days ago to take many of the steps outlined in the plan we see today. And, we will continue to work diligently to pass what has been dubbed the Chesapeake Clean Water Act so that reducing pollution is matter of law and not, only, a set of commitments."