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

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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News Release | Environment Virginia

Statement on Governor McAuliffe Inauguration

Environment Virginia's response to inauguration of Virginia's 72nd governor, Terry McAuliffe

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Obama Administration Should Use Sound Science to Protect Virginia’s Waterways

The Obama administration took a significant step forward in clarifying the science connecting America’s waterways and the drinking water for millions across the country. The administration is expected to move forward with a new rule to clarify protections for all America’s waterways.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Confirm Gina McCarthy to Lead EPA

On April 11, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held its confirmation hearing for for Gina McCarthy, President Obama's nominee to head the U.S. EPA. Read our statement urging the Senate to confirm Gina McCarthy.

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News Release | Environment Virginia

Virginia Second-Worst State for Toxic Chemicals Dumped into its Waterways

Industrial facilities dumped over 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Virginia’s waterways, the second-most in the nation, according to a new report released today by Environment Virginia. Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act also reports that 226 million pounds of toxic chemicals were discharged into 1,400 waterways across the country.

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