It's our chance to finally clean the Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the world's most productive estuary — but the volume of pollution entering its fragile ecosystem is staggering. In fact, every summer, up to one-third of the Bay's water becomes a "dead zone," where almost nothing can survive.

Last year, after mobilizing public support, we were able to convince Gov. Bob McDonnell and the EPA to compose a promising new plan to clean the Bay and cut pollution back to safe levels by 2020.

But the restoration plan can only work if Gov. McDonnell stands strong and enforces the new rules.

With your help, we'll keep pushing to make the Bay cleanup a success.

Real solutions for the Bay

Virginia's new plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay requires all polluters to significantly reduce waste flowing into the Bay and its source waters. If we're ever going to truly restore the Bay, we need the governor to properly enforce the plan.

If you've ever sat in a kayak surrounded by tall reeds, caught a gust of wind at full sail, or picnicked at Point Lookout, you'll understand why it's so important to ensure the cleanup is a success.

With your activism and our advocacy, we can protect the Chesapeake Bay

We refuse to let developers and agribusinesses foul our natural heritage — and we have a plan to make sure Gov. McDonnell's cleanup plan gets fully implemented and enforced, loophole-free. We're bringing together Virginians from all walks of life to protect the Bay. All of us — fishers, swimmers, tourism businesses and citizens across the state — have something to fight for.

Our citizen outreach staff has been knocking on doors across the state to educate Virginians about what's at stake. We're also testifying in Richmond, educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to curb the flow of polluted runoff into the Bay from factory farms.

Click here to join our campaign — and urge Gov. McDonnell to protect the Bay.


Clean water updates

News Release | Environment Virginia

Chesapeake Bay and other waterways key to summer fun

The Summer Fun Index, our new fact sheet on the ways Virginians enjoy our waterways by the numbers, comes as summer draws to close, and as officials consider a new rule to restore protections for over 28,000 miles of the state’s rivers and streams.

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Report | Environment Virginia

Summer Fun Index

In Virginia, summer fun means fishing, boating, swimming, or just relaxing by the water. Here’s how Virginians use and enjoy our waterways, by the numbers.

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News Release | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

11.8 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Dumped into Virginia’s Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped 11,821,961 pounds of toxic chemicals into Virginia’s waterways in 2012 making Virginia’s waterways the 5th worst in the nation, according to a new report by the Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center.

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Report | Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center

Wasting Our Waterways

Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. To curb this massive release of toxic chemicals into our nation’s water, we must step up Clean Water Act protections for our waterways and require polluters to reduce their use of toxic chemicals.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Breaking: EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 57% of Virginia’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.

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