May 1, 2010
Chesapeake Bay Program
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May 12, 2009 was a historic day for the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. On that date, President Obama issued Executive Order 13508 on Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration. In the Executive Order, President Obama declard the Chesapeake Bay a "national treasure" and ushered in a new era of federal leadership, action and accountability. The purpose of the Executive Order is "to protect and restore the health, heritage, natural resources, and social and economic value of the nation's largest estuarine ecosystem and the natural sustainability of its watershed."

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