Chesapeake Executive Council members gathered on the banks of the Anacostia River on October 31st to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Clean Water Act and look forward to the challenges of implementing more than 100 commitments set forth in the Chesapeake 2000 agreement. The annual meeting included discussion of improving water quality throughout the Bay watershed, expanding citizen and local government involvement and restoring habitats crucial to the well being of the Bay's living resources.
As part of continuing Bay restoration efforts, the Executive Council released for public comment a draft of a Comprehensive Oyster Management Plan designed to improve dwindling stocks of one of the Bay's keystone species, and accepted a Local Government Participation Action Plan that works to further coordinate the Bay Program's restoration efforts with those of the 1,650 local governments in the watershed. Members also signed a Resolution to Enhance the Role of the United States Department of Agriculture in the Chesapeake Bay Partnership that will enhance the current partnership by exploring ways in which federal support for farmers can also be used to restore the Bay and its rivers.
The Executive Council also elected Virginia Governor Mark Warner as its new chair. Since the signing of the Chesapeake 2000 agreement in June 2000, Mayor Williams had served as the Executive Council's chair.