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Briefing to the Water Resources Technical Committee January 8, 2009. Update on Chesapeake Bay Restoration Issues. Presentation Overview. CBF’s lawsuit against EPA Scientists’ Statement Press Attention Most Recent Progress Results Costs. CBF’s Lawsuit.

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update on chesapeake bay restoration issues

Briefing to the

Water Resources Technical Committee

January 8, 2009

Update on Chesapeake Bay Restoration Issues

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • CBF’s lawsuit against EPA
  • Scientists’ Statement
  • Press Attention
  • Most Recent Progress Results
  • Costs

WRTC Meeting January 8, 2009

cbf s lawsuit
CBF’s Lawsuit
  • Lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Monday, January 5th.
    • For ‘Failure to Comply with Chesapeake 2000 Agreement’
    • Jointly with Bay Watermen associations
    • Outlines how poor water quality has destroyed fisheries, etc. (i.e., blue crabs, SAV, oysters, Bay fish)
    • Cites EPA’s failure via a detailed history of missed deadlines (21 pgs. Total)
    • Focus on ‘Reasonable Assurance’ & Penalties for Failure to Meet Deadlines
  • “…this lawsuit is going to put the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay directly on the desk of the new EPA administrator…”
    • Will Baker, President of CBF

WRTC Meeting January 8, 2009

december 8 2008 scientists statement
December 8, 2008 Scientists’ Statement
  • Current Bay Program is not working.
  • Mandatory enforceable measures needed.
  • Axioms for restoring the Bay:
    • Pollution reduction by everyone.
    • Change development patterns & no net loss of forest and wetlands.
    • Mandatory agricultural pollution controls.
    • Stronger fisheries protection.
    • Fully implement existing tributary strategies.
    • Make the Chesapeake Bay a high priority for funding and enforcement.

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recent press attention
Recent Press Attention

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common themes
Common themes
  • Bay Program is a failure.
  • More regulation is needed.
    • Development & growth
    • Farming
  • No mention of costs.
  • No mention of cost effectiveness.

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Goal

WRTC Meeting January 8, 2009

costs the big picture
Costs – the big picture
  • Unfunded gap in 2003 estimated to be $12.8 billion
    • Just MD, VA, & PA
    • Costs higher now
    • Budgets worse
  • Does not include costs to maintain or replace existing infrastructure, which is a huge expense.

WRTC Meeting January 8, 2009

the challenge according to jeff lape
The challenge according to Jeff Lape…
    • “…growth and development are the greatest challenge to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay.”
  • Stormwater management and growth appear to be the primary focus of CBF, the Potomac Conservancy, and other groups.

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is growth the biggest challenge to a clean bay
Is growth the biggest challenge to a clean Bay?
  • Increasing numbers of chickens, turkeys, and beef cattle.
  • Declining agricultural acres
  • More animals on smaller farms.
  • Crops the highest loading land use.

WRTC Meeting January 8, 2009