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Executive Committee Meeting of Chesapeake Bay Commission Coming up on October 11th

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman for the Mid-Atlantic region, Jeff Landis, tells WNAV that on Tuesday the Executive committee of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, which is a group of five states and the District of Columbia, will meet to address the fact that only DC and West Virginia are meeting their goals for a cleaner bay, by the 2025 deadline.

Jeff Landis, in a telephone interview, says that the deep concern for the chairwoman of the Commission is the effect of policy on farmers.

"It comes down to really taking a hard look at what states are doing, seeing if they have, the funding, that's gonna enable a lot of this restoration. But they're putting plans in place, you know, implementing those plans is probably the most difficult... And getting real help for our farmers, you know, because that's where a lot of the pollution is entering the bay.  Nitrogen, you know is running into our streams and into the Chesapeake Bay and so they need help. it's a statewide and a whole of government issue."

What will happen after the Tuesday meeting?

Landis says, "I would just say recalibrating we have to recalibrate- the timeline based on the Executive Council meeting, and then providing guidance to the Chesapeake Bay Principal Staff Committee. And they're the ones that are, you know, basically made up of all of your environmental protection secretaries, and other key agencies to carry out that guidance.  It may take a while for each state to come up with a new plan to change, the trajectory of where their milestones currently lie."

To hear a portion of the interview click here.
 

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