Oyster reefs provide habitat for many marine creatures. Photo by CBF StaffPhoto by CBF Staff

Critical Actions for Reducing Pollution

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Virginia's Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint calls for reducing Bay pollution 60 percent by 2017. Following are two of five critical actions Virginia's next governor and other elected leaders need to take to ensure success.

1. Boost farm stewardship with expanded conservation practices.

Agriculture, Virginia's largest land use, remains the largest source of Bay pollution. Farmers have made progress in reducing pollution. Still, Virginia has much work ahead to restore streams and the Bay by 2025. Farm conservation practices can improve farm production and are the most cost-effective tools for clean water. Virginia must work with farmers to implement these practices through reliable funding that creates jobs and through mandates when incentives do not achieve Virginia's Cheseapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

2. Support local efforts to reduce pollution through job-creating innovation.

Pollution running off streets, parking lots, and rooftops threatens to overwhelm progress in restoring local streams and the Bay. Virginia must help localities meet this challenge by implementing cost-effective practices, like stream restoration, through dedicated new funding that also supports local jobs. Virginians support state assistance to modernize local urban and suburban runoff management to meet the Commonwealth's Cheseapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

Creating Jobs

See how pollution limits encourage jobs in the Chesapeake Bay region. Click the video to watch.


Farm fields. Photo courtesy NRCS MarylandWhat role do farms and agricultural production play in the health of our waters? Learn more

Polluted Runoff

Residential stormwater runoff. Photo copyright 2010 Krista Schlyer/iLCPDid you know that polluted runoff is the fastest growing source of Bay pollution? Learn more

Clean Water Works

Screen shot of Clean Water Works mapUse our interactive map to see the impact successful cleanup efforts are having throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. TRY IT

Since opening the Virginia office in the early 1980s, CBF has been leading the efforts to Save the Bay™ in the Old Dominion. Today, CBF boasts offices in Richmond and Norfolk, field staff in Charlottesville and the Eastern Shore, an oyster restoration center in Gloucester, and six outdoor environmental education programs across the state. Find out more about our efforts

Photos (top) courtesy NRCS MD, (center) ©Krista Schlyer/iLCP

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