The theme of the 1998 meeting was: The Future of the Chesapeake Bay- Meeting New Challenges with Technology, Education and a Renewed Bay Agreement.
Established in 1983 under the historic Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the Bay Program is the partnership among Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Executive Council includes the top executives from each jurisdiction, the chair of the Bay Commission and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The members of the 1998 Executive Council are Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening, chair; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge; Virginia Governor James Gilmore III; District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.; Maryland State Delegate John Wood, Jr., chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol M. Browner.
As the governing body of the Bay Program, the Excutive Council established the policy direction for the restoration and protection of the Bay and its living resources. The Executive Council sets goals and policy through agreements, amendments and directives. At this year's meeting the Executive Council will sign four new directives that address the future of the Bay restoration effort. The 1998 directives call for a regional watershed-based education initiative, a renewed Chesapeake Bay Agreement in the year 2000, more emphasis on innovative technologies in the overall Bay effort and for a concerted regional effort to manage the transport and use of animal waste in the region.
In other actions, the Executive Council accepted two documents and adopted a third in reponse to Directives signed at last year's annual meeting.