On June 8, 2017, the Chesapeake Executive Council held its annual meeting at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. 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. At the 2017 meeting, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ended a two-year term as chair of the Council and will be succeeded by Maryland Gov. Lawrence Hogan.
Following is the Chesapeake Bay Program’s short summary of the meeting, accessed at http://www.chesapeakebay.net/about/ecmeeting/2017_executive_council_meeting: “At the meeting, representatives from the six Chesapeake Bay watershed states, the District of Columbia, and the Chesapeake Bay Commission signed a resolution in support of the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership. The resolution calls upon the President and United States Congress to continue the current level of federal support for the Chesapeake Bay Program, including the coordinating role of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program. It also calls for science, monitoring, modeling and restoration to continue with the full participation of local, state and federal agencies and private sector partners as appropriate. Because of advocacy statements contained within the resolution, federal law and practice prohibited the EPA from signing.” More information on the June 2017 meeting is available at Web site mentioned above and in Chesapeake Executive Council Signs Resolution in Support of Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership, Chesapeake Bay Program News Release, 6/8/17.
Information on previous meetings (since 1998) and on the Council generally is available at http://www.chesapeakebay.net//groups/group/chesapeake_executive_council.
Media accounts about the 2017 meeting:
State leaders oppose federal pullback from Bay cleanup, Bay Journal, 6/9/17.
Chesapeake Bay watershed states call for federal support, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/8/17.