Chesapeake Bay Commission

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EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus addressing a Chesapeake Bay Commission conference on December 9, 1983. The 1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed at the conference.

The Chesapeake Bay Commission is an advisory body that consults with the legislatures of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania about environmental, economic and social issues related to the Chesapeake Bay. The commission is a signatory to all agreements on matters regarding the bay, and advises Congress on bay-related issues.[1] The commission was established under state law in 1980 by the states of Maryland and Virginia. Pennsylvania joined the commission in 1985.[2]

The commission was a signatory to the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983, which was also signed by the governors of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; the Mayor of the District of Columbia; and the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement recognized the need for a cooperative approach among the various governmental jurisdictions to address pollution problems in the bay, and established the Chesapeake Bay Program, an inter-agency partnership of federal and state agencies, academic institutions, citizen groups and non-governmental organizations.[3][4]

The commission membership consists of state legislators, state cabinet secretaries and citizen representatives. As of 2022, the chair of the commission is Sarah K. Elfreth, State Senator of Maryland.[5] The full commission meets quarterly, and staff maintain offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Hoagand, Roy A. (2005). "Public participation in a multijurisdictional resource recovery: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay Program". In Bruch, Carl (ed.). Public participation in the governance of international freshwater resources (PDF). Tokyo: United Nations University Press. pp. 278–290. ISBN 92-808-1106-1.
  2. ^ "History". About Us. Annapolis, MD: Chesapeake Bay Commission (CBC). Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  3. ^ Belval, Donna L.; Sprague, Lori A. (November 1999). Monitoring Nutrients in the Major Rivers Draining to Chesapeake Bay (Report). Baltimore, MD: U.S. Geological Survey. Water-Resources Investigations Report 99-4238.
  4. ^ "1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement" (PDF). Annapolis, MD: Chesapeake Bay Program. 1983.
  5. ^ "CBC Members". CBC. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  6. ^ "Schedule of Commission Meetings". CBC. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  7. ^ "Offices/Staff". CBC. Retrieved 2022-01-15.

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