Federal Affairs Office

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CBF's Federal Affairs Office advocates for continued strong federal support for Chesapeake Bay restoration. The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure. Its watershed spans six states and our nation's capital. Congress has long realized the cornerstone of Chesapeake Bay restoration is strong federal and state trust, collaboration, and partnership. Since 1983, the federal government has been a partner in the voluntary Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

Most recently, the six watershed states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government redoubled their commitment to saving the Bay by signing the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The Agreement established goals and outcomes to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, which the states and federal agencies committed to achieve, and includes the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, established in 2010.

CBF conducts an independent review of partners' progress, tracks how well they are fulfilling their financial commitments to the Agreement through the annually-released federal-state Crosscut Budget, and tracks data released to the public by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

News from District of Columbia

Forested buffers help filter runoff from farms before pollution enters our waterways.

Photo: CBF Staff

CBF Opposes Rollback of EPA Clean Water Protections

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) opposes a proposed new EPA interpretation of the legal framework for protecting surface waters like streams and the Chesapeake Bay from pollution travelling through groundwater.

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