May 31, 2012
CBF Issues Statement on EPA Comments on State Blueprints for Reducing Pollution
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued written comments on the Bay states' blueprints (also known as Watershed Implementation Plans) on reducing pollution to achieve the science-based pollution limits for local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement following CBF's review of the comments.
"We agree with EPA's comments, and share their concerns about the lack of specificity on actions that will be taken at the local level. The states are working to improve the local details, and CBF will continue to monitor those efforts and encourage local jurisdictions to develop plans that are transparent and accountable.
"It is important to remember that pollution reductions to the Bay to date have come largely through a strong commitment to upgrading wastewater treatment plants and installing conservation practices on farms through existing federal and state cost-share programs. We must ensure those efforts continue. A comparable level of commitment at the local level is now necessary to address long-standing pollution problems from cities, suburbs, and some farms that continue to hold back recovery of local waterways and the Bay.
"We all contribute pollution to local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay, and all must do their part to reduce that pollution. If we don't continue to make progress and focus accountability for that progress at the local level we will continue to have polluted water, human health hazards, and lost jobs. Restoring clean water will not just benefit us; it will benefit our children and future generations."