E.O. 13508 calls for the Federal Government to lead the effort in protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As a landholder and a member of the Bay community, DoD is committed to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed and has established a joint service DoD Chesapeake Bay Program.
The mission of this program:
In an effort to ensure compliance with E.O. 13508 and hold partners accountable, representatives from the entire watershed signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. This plan established goals and outcomes for the restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them.
Protect, restore, and enhance finfish, shellfish, and other living resources, their habitats and ecological relationships to sustain all fisheries and provide for a balanced ecosystem in the watershed and Bay.
Restore, enhance, and protect a network of land and water habitats to support fish and wildlife, and to afford other public benefits, including water quality, recreational uses, and scenic value across the watershed.
Reduce pollutants to achieve the water quality necessary to support the aquatic living resources of the Bay and its tributaries and protect human health.
Ensure that the Bay and its rivers are free of effects of toxic contaminants on living resources and human health.
Sustain state-identified healthy waters and watersheds recognized for their high quality and/or high ecological value.
Increase the number and the diversity of local citizen stewards and local governments that actively support and carry out the conservation and restoration activities that achieve healthy local streams, rivers, and a vibrant Chesapeake Bay.
Conserve landscapes treasured by citizens in order to maintain water quality and habitat; sustain working forests, farms, and maritime communities; and conserve lands of cultural, indigenous, and community value.
Expand public access to the Bay and its tributaries through existing and new local, state, and federal parks, refuges, reserves, trails, and partner sites.
Enable every student in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.
Increase the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including its living resources, habitats, public infrastructure, and communities, to withstand adverse impacts from changing environmental and climate conditions.