Making Progress in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Jul 10, 2012

The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is on schedule.

That’s the conclusion of federal and state officials as well as environmentalists during a meeting in Virginia of representatives from the Bay States and District of Columbia as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

The assessment is based on a two-year review of the goals in “a pollution diet” for the bay aimed at cutting the flow of farm and urban runoff and water polluted by sewage and storm overflows from entering the bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said the assessment indicates that the states and District have begun what he called “a journey” to restore the bay by 2025.

Meanwhile, DC Mayor Vincent Gray has also been named the new chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council which is the policy making body of the program overseeing bay restoration.