[imageframe link=”/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ChesapeakeBayWatershedAgreemenet-2014-FINAL.pdf” ] Click the cover above to view the final 2014 Bay Agreement.New landmark 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement includes a new set of goals that will advance restoration and protection of the Bay, its tributaries and lands surrounding the watershed.

The Agreement addresses continuing water quality and land use challenges and also confronts critical emerging issues like environmental literacy, toxic contaminants and climate change. The new Agreement comprises 10 interrelated goals, which are linked to measurable and time-bound outcomes: clean water, abundant wildlife and a vibrant cultural heritage.

Volunteers planting trees. Photo credit: Chesapeake Bay ProgramThe Agreement also includes management strategies, which for the first time will describe how and when the jurisdictions intend to achieve these outcomes. The Agreement was signed on June 16 by Bay Program partners including the EPA, the Governors of the States of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, and the Mayor of the District of Columbia. The Agreement also marks the first time the Bay’s headwater states of New York, West Virginia and Delaware have pledged to work toward restoration goals that reach beyond water quality.

Download: 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement (.pdf)[one_full class=”acb-img-content-wrap” ]Learn more about the Bay Agreement at www.chesapeakebay.net/watershedagreement

To help you better digest the new Bay Agreement Goals & Outcomes, see this table: Goals & Outcomes (.docx)