By Roy A. Hoagland
When the Chesapeake Bay restoration program began in earnest in 1983, with the signing of the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement, it was hailed as the beginning of a new era of interjurisdictional partnering to save a national treasure. And so it was.
With the recognition that a “cooperative approach” was needed “to fully address the extent, complexity and sources of pollutants entering the Bay,” Pennsylvania Gov. Richard Thornburgh, Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, Virginia Gov. Chuck Robb, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and EPA Administrator William Ruckleshaus created the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council with a commitment to “assess and oversee implementation of coordinated plans to improve and protect the water quality and living resources of the Chesapeake Bay.”
Hoagland , Esq., has worked on Chesapeake Bay issues more than 25 years, including several as a member and chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council’s Citizens Advisory Committee. He is the principal for HOPE Impacts, an environmental consulting firm partnering with nonprofits, governmental agencies, and foundations on Chesapeake Bay restoration matters