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Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Resources

At CBF, we are committed to help Congress support the restoration and protection of our national treasure—the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers and streams that feed it. We have made important progress and we know that, working together, we can save the Bay.

Below you will find a variety of resources related to the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, and CBF's position on legislation and appropriations.

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Map of Congressional Districts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 113th Congress

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2014 Congressional Calendar

Chesapeake Bay Executive Order

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order that recognizes the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calls on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation's largest estuary and its watershed.

The Chesapeake Bay Program's Chesapeake Bay Executive Order Reports & Documents web page includes action plans, progress reports, strategies, and other related documents. We have provided links to a few key documents here.

Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint

  • Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs)
    Website
  • CBF Review of State Milestones
    DC | DE | MD | NY | PA | VA | WV

General Facts About the Bay and the Bay Watershed

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The Bay:

  • is the largest estuary in North America and the third largest in the world;
  • is fed by 50 major tributaries (or streams and rivers) every day—the largest of these are the Susquehanna, Potomac, Rappahannock, York, and James;
  • produces more than 500 millions pounds of seafood harvest each year;
  • supports 348 species of finfish and 173 species of shellfish;
  • supports more than 3,600 species of plant and animal life, including 2,700 types of plants and more than 16 species of underwater grasses;
  • has an average depth of 21 feet (the deepest part of the Bay, a.k.a. "The Hole," is 174 feet deep and located off of Bloody Point, southeast of Annapolis, Maryland)
  • ranges from 3.4 to 35 miles wide;
  • holds more than 15 trillion gallons of water

The Bay Watershed:

  • supports more than 17 million people who live, work, and play within the watershed (10 million of these live along or near the Bay's shores);
  • helps filter and protect the drinking water of 75 percent of Bay watershed residents through its forests and trees;
  • contains more than 100,000 rivers and streams;
  • comprises 64,000 square miles;
  • includes parts of six states (Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York) and Washington, D.C.;
  • has 11,684 miles of shoreline, including tidal wetlands and islands (that's more shoreline than the entire West Coast of the United States);
  • has a 14:1 land-to-water ratio;
  • has approximately 150,000 new people moving into the watershed each year.

More Information

Economics of Bay Cleanup (pdf)

State of the Bay Report 2012

Chesapeake Bay Public Access Points Within 50 Miles of Capitol Hill (pdf)

Appropriations

Fiscal Year 2015

Fiscal Year 2014

Fiscal Year 2013

Legislation

CBF Testimony

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