May 4, 2011
CBF Issues Statement on the NAS Bay Program Report
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the National Academy of Science (NAS) evaluation of the Chesapeake Bay Program.
"CBF commends EPA and the Bay partners for inviting this serious and substantive scientific review. While identifying some areas for improvement, the most important takeaway message from the report is that the new direction for Chesapeake Bay restoration, implemented over the last two years, is the right one. The report supports the establishment of the Bay's pollution budget as well as the states' plans to achieve that goal.
"The report also says that the two-year milestones are an improvement over past efforts. They are. But unless there are consequences that follow if the states fail to deliver on those commitments the milestones will be ineffective guideposts for restoration. The report also notes that the first milestones will be the easiest for the states to achieve and that reaching the long-term goals will require all who live in the watershed to do their part.
"CBF encourages EPA and the states to accelerate the pace in order to achieve the milestones set in 2009."
Get the full NAS report: "Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation"