The Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay issued a combined report highlighting both achievements from Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) as well plans for ongoing restoration activities for Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14). The committee, comprised of the senior officials of the federal agencies responsible for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, issues the report annual as required by Executive Order 13508, Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration.
The Federal Leadership Committee (FLC) for the Chesapeake Bay is composed of representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Transportation
The report examines federal agency efforts to restore clean water, recover habitat, sustain fish and wildlife, and conserve land and increase public access throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed – none of which would be possible without a continued commitment to working with state partners, stakeholders and citizens around the watershed.
These combined actions also support efforts to expand citizen stewardship, develop environmental markets, respond to climate change, and strengthen science, all in an effort to restore the Bay’s vibrant ecosystem for future generations.
"This report shows federal agencies are making great progress in restoring our 'national treasure' the Chesapeake Bay, and are committed to continuing that work." said DiPasquale. "Active federal agency participation through development of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement is further integrating federal and state restoration efforts through the advancement of shared goals and outcomes."
View the full report here.