DoD CBP Executive Order (EO) 13508 and Agreement Highlights
EXECUTIVE ORDER 13508
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:
- Incorporate restoration, pollution prevention and stewardship initiatives for the Chesapeake Bay into DoD's daily mission of providing the military forces that are needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States.
- Partner with other agencies and organizations to maximize resources and strengthen Bay restoration and protection efforts.
- Engage all levels of DoD military, civilians, and their families to be environmental stewards of the watershed.
CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED AGREEMENT
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, including:
Restoring Clean Water
WATER QUALITY GOAL
Reduce pollutants to achieve the water quality necessary to support the aquatic living resources of the Bay and its tributaries and protect human health.
TOXIC CONTAMINANTS GOAL
Ensure that the Bay and its rivers are free of effects of toxic contaminants on living resources and human health.
HEALTHY WATERSHEDS GOAL
Sustain state-identified healthy waters and watersheds recognized for their high quality and/or high ecological value.
VITAL HABITATS GOAL
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.
Sustaining Fish and Wildlife
SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES GOAL
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.
Conserving Land and Providing Public Access
LAND CONSERVATION GOAL
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.
PUBLIC ACCESS GOAL
Expand public access to the Bay and its tributaries through existing and new local, state, and federal parks, refuges, reserves, trails, and partner sites.
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.
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY GOAL
Enable every student in the region to graduate with the knowledge and skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed.
Increasing Resilience to Climate Changes
CLIMATE RESILIENCY GOAL
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.