Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
Protection and Restoration

Federal partners outline planned actions for 2013 to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay

December 18 2012

The Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay, comprised of the senior officials of the federal agencies responsible for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, issued their Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan, outlining efforts projected for 2013 to continue progress toward protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan, required by Executive Order 13508, the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, demonstrates the Federal agencies’ commitment to working together and with state partners to restore clean water, recover habitat, sustain fish and wildlife, and conserve land and increase public access throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Collaborative actions will also enhance supporting efforts to expand citizen stewardship, develop environmental markets, respond to climate change, and strengthen science. 

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EPA Announces ‘Clean Rivers, Green District Partnership’ With District of Columbia and DC Water

December 14 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the District of Columbia, and D.C. Water have joined in a partnership agreement to use green techniques for wet weather pollution control in the District. The “Clean Rivers, Green District” agreement outlines the collaborative steps to support green infrastructure to achieve sustainable stormwater management, more livable communities, and other environmental improvements in the District.

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Final Chesapeake Forest Restoration Strategy Released

December 07 2012

Forest restoration may be the single most important activity to help bring back the Chesapeake ecosystem. Forests are a critical ecosystem component that supports major Chesapeake Bay goals—clean water, healthy watersheds, wildlife habitat, fisheries, land conservation, citizen stewardship, and climate change response. For these reasons, this document was developed as a key supporting action in the 2010 Executive Order (13508) Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

During 2011-2012, the U.S. Forest Service coordinated teams with over 60 representatives from over 30 Federal, State, and nongovernmental organizations to craft the Chesapeake Forest Restoration Strategy. A draft of the Strategy was released in July 2012 for public review, and the valuable input received has been incorporated into the final document. The Strategy has been endorsed by the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership and was officially released on December 5 in a signing ceremony with the U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Chesapeake Bay Program Director Nick DiPasquale, and State Foresters from the Bay jurisdictions.

Accelerating forest restoration in the Chesapeake will require collaboration among partners in a broad network—Federal and State agencies, local governments, watershed and community organizations, and private partners. The Strategy’s sections advance innovative and collaborative approaches to targeting restoration in areas of greatest opportunity and benefit, focusing on wildlife and fisheries habitat, mine lands, agroforestry, urban and community forestry, and contaminated lands such as brownfields. The Strategy builds on earlier commitments by the Chesapeake Bay States and Federal partners to restore streamside forested buffers at a rate of 900 miles per year and support community tree canopy expansion goals. To learn more and get involved in this partnership effort, please contact Sally Claggett (sclaggett@fs.fed.us) or Julie Mawhorter (jmawhorter@fs.fed.us) of the U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Chesapeake Bay Watershed Forestry program.

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Draft Model Program to Assist State Septic Programs in Managing Water Quality Impacts in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

November 15 2012

EPA is releasing a draft Model Program for Onsite Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for public comment. The draft provides technical information regarding the elements of a model program for onsite wastewater treatment systems that incorporates key recommendations for the effective and efficient management of onsite nitrogen treatment systems. The document is part of EPA’s effort to collaborate with state and local partners in promoting nitrogen reductions from onsite systems in support of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

This draft Model Program addresses a commitment EPA made in the Chesapeake Bay strategy and provides important technical information for those states that have incorporated improved management of onsite systems in their Watershed Implementation Plans. While targeted for the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the Model Program may be of broader interest to other states dealing with the need to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment inputs to other watersheds.

Please review the attached document and submit your comments by December 28, 2012 to: decentralized@epa.gov

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Provide Feedback on the 2013 Action Plan for Executive Order 13508: Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

November 14 2012

The federal agencies directly involved in restoration efforts for the Chesapeake Bay are asking for comments on the Draft Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan (1.62 mb) as required by Executive Order 13508, the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Federal agencies included in this reports are the Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, and Interior.

The FY 2013 Action Plan includes a tangible list of efforts to be undertaken by federal agencies. While some are continuations of projects started in fiscal years 2011 and 2012, others are new initiatives that build on preparatory work completed earlier. All are designed to increase the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay and achieve the goals set forth in the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The Action Plan highlights key work to be accomplished to restore clean water, recover habitat, sustain fish and wildlife, and conserve land and increase public access. Collaborative actions will also enhance supporting efforts to expand citizen stewardship, develop environmental markets, respond to climate change, and strengthen science.

Please provide comments (by clicking "Feedback" below and filling out the form) by COB November 27.

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National Park Service Announces FY12 Investments in Education, Youth Programs, and Outdoor Recreation in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

September 05 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake Bay Office announced today that the NPS is providing financial assistance to 21 partners and 24 projects with a combined financial commitment of $1,363,039. These projects with 21 partners in fiscal year 2012 address education, youth employment and stewardship programs, and public access and trail development in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Each project is leveraged through additional means such as matching funds, in-kind services, and volunteer hours.

In collaboration with many partners, the National Park Service works to expand public access to the Chesapeake Bay and tributary rivers, build visitor experiences along two national historic trails, develop teacher resources in line with state standards, and expand service and employment opportunities for youth. "Through partner engagement and participation, each of these projects has a positive impact in local communities," said NPS Superintendent John Maounis. "Whether teaching the history of these places, introducing young people to possible career paths, or providing a new place to get to the water, these are investments in quality of life."
   
The Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Park Service administers the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network of partner sites, and also manages two of the nation's nineteen national historic trails. Both trails are comprised of land and water routes accessible through partner sites, are in active stages of development, and offer opportunities for educators and students that are both virtual and place-based. Educational programming, training in stewardship and outdoor recreation skills, and youth employment opportunities all contribute to trail development.

Trail development and youth engagement projects also advance public access goals set through the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the federal response to President Obama's Executive Order 13508. The strategy and subsequent draft public access plan call for the addition of 300 new sites where citizens can have a waterside experience, whether hiking, paddling, enjoying a picnic, or fishing.

Below is a list of 21 partners and 24 projects supported by the National Park Service. Project summaries can be accessed through www.baygateways.net.

Star-Spangled Banner Teacher Symposium
Partner: Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier - Orange, VA
Amount: $36,006

War of 1812 in Southern Maryland: Traveling Exhibit and Traveling Trunks
Partners: Southern Maryland Heritage Area, Calvert Marine Museum, and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum - Charles County, St. Mary's County, and Calvert County, MD
Amount: $36,000

Maryland Conservation Job Corps on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Partner: Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Prince George's County, MD
Amount: $40,000

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network
Partner: Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Annapolis, MD
Amount: $25,000

Youth Workforce Training on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Partner:   Parks & People Foundation - Baltimore, MD
Amount: $60,000

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network
Partner: Parks & People Foundation - Baltimore, MD
Amount: $25,000

Virginia Youth Conservation Corps on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Partner: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA
Amount: $40,000

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network
Partner: James River Association - Richmond, VA
Amount: $25,000

Developing Public Water Access at Piscataway Park
Partner: Accokeek Foundation - Fort Washington, MD
Amount: $58,000

Juniata River Water Trail Access
Partner: Allegheny Ridge Corporation - Mt. Union, and Mapleton, PA
Amount: $17,065

Anacostia Kingfisher Water Trail Master Plan & Public Access Project
Partner: Anacostia Watershed Society - Bladensburg, MD
Amount: $115,000

Benedict Waterfront Village Revitalization, Phase I completion
Partner: Charles County, Maryland
Amount: $44,000

Great Bridge Lock Park Canoe/Kayak Launch
Partner: City of Chesapeake, VA, Parks and Recreation Department - Chesapeake, VA
Amount: $66,000

Mount Harmon Plantation Dock & Water Access Improvement Project
Partner: Friends of Mt. Harmon, Inc. - Earleville, MD
Amount: $85,000

Jersey Shore Borough Access on the Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch
Partner: Jersey Shore Borough - Lycoming County, PA
Amount: $75,000

Planning and Design for Two Public Access Points on Cat Point Creek at Menokin
Partner: Menokin Foundation - Warsaw, VA
Amount: $70,000

Access on the Nanticoke River Water Trail
Partner: Nanticoke Watershed Alliance - Vienna, MD
Amount: $35,000

Juniata River Water Trail, Howe Township Boating and Fishing Access Project
Partner: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission - Perry County, PA
Amount: $57,514

Fort Hunter Park Public Access Project on the Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Branch
Partner: Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission - Dauphin County, PA
Amount: $89,250

Occoquan Water Trail Access Enhancement
Partner: Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation - Woodbridge, VA
Amount: $77,500

Chemung Basin River Trail and Headwaters River Trail Access Project
Partner: Upper Susquehanna Coalition - Chemung County and Otsego County, NY
Amount: $87,523

Interpretive Media along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in the District of Columbia
Partner: Cultural Tourism DC -District of Columbia
Amount: $67,748

North Point State Battlefield Design
Partner: Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Baltimore County, MD
Amount: $96,433

North Point State Park Visitor Center Exhibit Design
Partner: Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Baltimore County, MD
Amount: $35,000

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Anacostia River Watershed Restoration Plan Released

August 22 2012

The Anacostia River Watershed Restoration Plan identifies problems in the Anacostia Watershed and opportunities for protecting and restoring the watershed. This Plan supports efforts to meet the EO 13508 water quality goal to reduce sediment and nutrients in the Bay by defining existing conditions, identifying specific problems and recommending actions to restore the watershed. Current follow on efforts are underway to implement the recommendations. The report can be found at http://www.anacostia.net/

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Fiscal Year 2012 Action Plan for Executive Order 13508: Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

March 30 2012

As required by Executive Order 13508, each year, the Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay—composed of representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Transportation—issues a Chesapeake Bay Action Plan. This Action Plan covers fiscal year 2012, which runs from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012.  The FY 2012 Action Plan includes a tangible list of efforts to be undertaken by federal agencies, many in cooperation with state and local partners. While some are continuations of projects started in FY 2011, others are new initiatives that build on preparatory work completed earlier. All are designed to increase the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay and achieve the goals set forth in the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

The Action Plan highlights key work to be accomplished to restore clean water, recover habitat, sustain fish and wildlife, and conserve land and increase public access. Collaborative actions will also enhance supporting efforts to expand citizen stewardship, develop environmental markets, respond to climate change, and strengthen science.  The plan also contains two-year milestones that highlight key efforts that are needed for each Executive Order goal and supporting strategy.

Download the Executive Order 13508 2012 Action Plan (2.00 mb). Detailed information on 2012 activities.

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Fiscal Year 2011 Progress Report for Executive Order 13508: Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

March 30 2012

In addition to an annual Action Plan, the Federal Leadership Committee issues an annual Progress Report.  This Progress Report highlights actions achieved under the first Action Plan, issued for Fiscal Year 2011, which ran October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011.  While much of FY 2011 focused on setting the road map for the way forward, significant progress toward overall Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed goals was achieved.  Many of the FY 2011 highlights featured collaboration among federal agencies, eliminating duplication of effort, enabling best use of federal resources, and allowing each agency to bring its specific skills to bear on a given project—meaning that the total is more than the sum of its parts.

Download the Executive Order 2011 Annual Progress Report (2.42 mb). Detailed information on 2011 progress.

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2012-2013 Federal Programmatic Milestones Released

January 06 2012

As called for in the EO 13508 Strategy, the Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay has released final 2012-2013 federal programmatic milestones for water quality restoration.  These milestones represent the collective commitments of six different federal agencies who are among the federal partners that are providing leadership in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  The milestones, which will help to ensure accountability, are near-term targets for making incremental progress toward achieving our shared 2025 implementation goals.  They are designed to support the Bay jurisdictions in meeting their water quality standards and in achieving the pollution reduction goals described in the jurisdictions' Watershed Implementation Plans.

Download the 2012-2013 federal programmatic milestones.

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