Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

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    What is the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint?

    Most experts consider the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint the Chesapeake Bay's best, and perhaps last, chance for real restoration.

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    What Is Killing the Bay?

    There are three major contributors to the poor health of our streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay: nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.

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    Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan

    Read about Virginia's progress and obstacles regarding their Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan and their roadmap for meeting the pollution reduction requirements laid out in the Chesapeake Bay TMDL by 2025.

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    Virginia's Blueprint for Clean Water

    Virginia is on track to achieve its 2025 goals, provided it accelerates efforts to reduce pollution from agricultural sources and growing urban and suburban areas, while continuing progress in the wastewater sector. Virginia has a strong roadmap for success; the key is implementation.

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    The History of Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Efforts

    A history of the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay and implement the Clean Water Blueprint.

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    The Facts About the Clean Water Blueprint

    Some of the nation's most powerful legal and political forces are trying to derail efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Here's the truth about Bay restoration efforts.

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    The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

    Learn about the Blueprint for protecting and restoring our Bay, rivers, and streams for us and future generations.

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    State Watershed Implementation Plans

    Each Bay state has developed a Watershed Implementation Plans as part of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

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    Pollution Limits by State

    Chesapeake Bay watershed states are required to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution by the year 2025.

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  • Current & Future Challenges

    Bay restoration efforts are working. But the recovery is fragile. Climate change is an imminent threat. Regulatory rollbacks threaten progress toward clean water and air. And programs critical to the Bay's success are at risk from massive funding cuts or even elimination.

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    Rainfall Revelations—Summer 2016

    After rain storms bacteria levels can rise above safety levels established by state and federal governments. That's the conclusion of water tests conducted this summer in three states by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

In the Blog

  • This Week in the Watershed: 2017 in Review

    December 22, 2017

    2017 was a year of milestones. Celebrating our 50th year of working to save the Bay, with incredible support from our members, CBF accomplished an awful lot.

  • Exelon’s Share for Mitigation on the Conowingo Dam

    December 21, 2017

    The Conowingo Dam 20 miles north of the mouth of the Susquehanna River has been the focus of scientific scrutiny and concern since the 1990s, and public worry for the past five years.

  • This Week in the Watershed: A Remarkable Day of Giving

    December 1, 2017

    In what's becoming an annual tradition, a motley crew of brave (or crazy?) CBF staffers plunged into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay for the third consecutive year as a thank you to the hundreds of generous CBF members who gave on Giving Tuesday.

  • This Week in the Watershed: Losing Our Compass

    October 27, 2017

    At the foundation of all the work to save the Bay is one fundamental element–science.

  • A Clean Chesapeake Bay Requires a Strong EPA

    October 25, 2017

    In September of 1983, the results of a seven-year EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay landed on our respective desks — one of us was the new administrator of EPA, recently appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and the other was the new president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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