This week, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the District’s commitment to stronger pollution reduction goals to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways.
Along with the six watershed states, DC has been making progress toward mitigating climate change’s effect on the Chesapeake watershed. The city plans to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution with specific steps outlined in its Chesapeake cleanup plan slated for release in 2019.
The DC Mayor is a member of the Chesapeake Executive Council, which also consists of the cabinet secretaries to the Governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; the U.S. EPA Administrator; and the Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a legislative body serving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Chesapeake 2000 marked the official inclusion of the Bay’s “headwater states” – Delaware, New York and West Virginia – in the Bay Program’s restoration efforts. The Governor of West Virginia added his signature in 2002.
For more information about the Chesapeake Executive Council, see here.