For Immediate Release:
October 4, 2016
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov
| Secretary of Natural Resources, Russ Baxter, Russ.Baxter@governor.virginia.gov
Governor McAuliffe Unanimously Re-Elected as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council
BOYCE, VA – Governor Terry McAuliffe was re-elected today to serve another year as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council. The Governor was elected unanimously after he was placed into nomination by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and seconded by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. The Executive Council also heard an update on the ongoing effort to clean improve water quality in the bay and set annual policy and administrative goals for the year.
“We need to do our part to make sure we're cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and protecting this invaluable natural and economic asset for generations to come," said Governor McAuliffe. “I am proud of the progress the bay states are making working together to enhance water quality and environmental protections and I am honored to have their support as the Chair of the Executive Council.”
The Chesapeake Executive Council was established by the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983. Membership includes governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania New York, Delaware, West Virginia, and Virginia; the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the mayor of the District of Columbia; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a legislative body serving Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Executive Council meets annually to find solutions to the challenges facing the health of the Chesapeake Bay and oversees the mission and initiatives of the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Since Governor McAuliffe assumed the role of Chair he has lead the program at one of the most critical times in the Bay’s history. His efforts include the mandate for a new water quality goal for the bay and implementing the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. The agreement contains 10 goals that will advance the restoration and protection of the Bay watershed. Each goal is linked to a set of outcomes, or time-bound and measurable targets that will directly contribute to its achievement.
Under Governor McAuliffe the council will look to create and build on existing policy to continue the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay. During this year’s meeting the Council adopted a resolution to work with communities and local governments to support resiliency efforts. The Council was also joined by Brigadier General William Graham, who presented the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan.
Other attendees included The Honorable Thomas McLain Middleton, Chairman, Chesapeake Bay Commission; The Honorable Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Department of the Environment, State of Maryland; The Honorable Kara Coats, Deputy Secretary, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, State of Delaware; The Honorable James Tierney, Deputy Commissioner for Water Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, State of New York; The Honorable Beverly Perry, Senior Advisor, District of Columbia; The Honorable Brigadier General William Graham, Commander and Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; The Honorable Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture.