The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was the first federal agency to become formally involved in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. In the early nineties, the Navy was named as the designated lead agency for DoD. The joint program is managed by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic within the Regional Environmental Coordination (REC) office for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Region III located in Norfolk, Virginia.
The DoD Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) leads the coordination with the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for the Environment, REC, military services, federal agencies and Bay Jurisdictions including Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, Delaware and New York.
The DoD CBP team represents DoD throughout the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership including goal implementation teams, work groups, various committees and action teams. In addition, the DoD CBP formulates initiatives for Chesapeake Bay agreements; develops partnerships with other federal and state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations; promotes cross-agency information sharing through outreach mechanisms and materials; tracks and reports progress; and coordinates DoD positions related to Chesapeake Bay policy development.
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