As required by Executive Order 13508, each year, the Federal Leadership Committee (FLC) 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 and an annual Progress Report. This year, for the first time, the FLC has combined the two together into one report. The Action Plan covers fiscal year 2014, which runs from October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014, while the Progress Report covers actions achieved during fiscal year 2013, which ran from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
This Action Plan for 2014 and Progress Report for 2013 represents a collaborative effort across the federal government, in consultation with states and other partners, fulfilling the direction of the Executive Order “to ensure that federal actions to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay are closely coordinated with actions by state and local agencies in the watershed and that the resources, authorities, and expertise of federal, state, and local agencies are used as efficiently as possible for the benefit of the Chesapeake Bay's water quality and ecosystem and habitat health and viability.”
The report highlights key accomplishments as well as work still needed to be done 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.
Comments on the combined report will be accepted here through March 31, 2014.
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