On July 23, 2015, the Chesapeake Executive Council held its annual meeting at the National Arboretum Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The Council includes the governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; the administrator of the U.S. EPA; the mayor of the District of Columbia; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a group of state legislators from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is currently the chair of the Council.
At the July 2015 meeting, the Executive Council announced strategies for accomplishing 10 goals and 29 specific outcomes set by the Executive Council in June 2014, when Council members signed the latest of four Chesapeake Bay Agreements (1983, 1987, 2000, and 2014). Following is an excerpt of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s short summary of the meeting, accessed at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/about/ecmeeting/2015_executive_council:
“Council members announced the release of twenty-five management strategies outlining the Chesapeake Bay Program’s plans for achieving the goals and outcomes of the landmark Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, advancing the restoration, conservation and protection of the Bay, its tributaries and the surrounding lands. In addition to announcing the strategies, the Executive Council also passed two resolutions—first, endorsing the recommendations of the State Riparian Forest Buffer Task Force and committing to collaborative efforts that will increase the miles of forests on agricultural lands, and second, that the Bay Program hold a symposium on financing environmental restoration efforts. Members also agreed to two joint letters, one supporting programs to keep livestock out of streams and another supporting funding in the President’s 2016 budget for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which includes more than $33 million for the Rivers of the Chesapeake collaborative proposal.”
More information on the July 2015 meeting, on previous meetings (since 1998), and on the Council generally is available are available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net//groups/group/chesapeake_executive_council.
For more on the agreement signed in 2014, please see the September 5, 2014, Grouper post: The 10 Goals of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of June 2014; and the Chesapeake Bay Program Web page at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/chesapeakebaywatershedagreement/page.
Media accounts about the 2015 meeting:
Chesapeake Bay report card: Progress on cleanup but challenges ahead, Washington Post, 7/23/15.
Bay council releases management strategies, Easton Star Democrat, 7/27/15.
Bay leaders to outline next steps for Chesapeake restoration, Bay Journal, 7/20/15.