Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
Protection and Restoration

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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