A Timely Visit from Bay Executive Council

By Dan Smith & Lori Baranoff

Bald eagle soars over Anacostia River
Anacostia River

July 24 -- This week the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council – governors, the D.C. mayor, federal agency heads – convened for their annual meeting, this time at the National Arboretum on the Anacostia River. Their “big picture” focus on meeting major milestones necessary for a clean Bay by 2025 kept them from the river just down the hill -- where they may have glimpsed a bald eagle plucking a fish or a rower taking a lunch time canoe break on a gorgeous summer day. Those are river experiences we love to share and that show why this effort is so important.

Rally for Clean Water, Annapolis


Gov. Martin O'Malley takes the stage to address the crowd.

Organized by Clean Water, Healthy Families (a coalition of environmental organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, of which AWS is a member), on March 28, 2012, more than 100 people gathered in front of the Maryland State House (an area known as the Lawyer’s Mall) advocating for clean water legislation. Currently there are 3 bills moving through the Maryland General Assembly that would protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, helping to make them safe to swim and fish in, create jobs, reduce stormwater runoff, and protect public health:

Ten Scariest Facts About the Chesapeake Bay (and the Anacostia!)

On Saturday, October 29 please celebrate Halloween on the banks of the Anacostia River with Environment America, Environmental Justice Committee of the American Public Health Association, the Anacostia Watershed Society and US Representative Donna Edwards.  Environmental America will be releasing their "Ten Scariest Facts about the Chesapeake Bay" and Anacostia Watershed Society will make clear that the Bay's problems start upstream in our rivers.  After a brief press conference volunteers and advocates will clean up the river!

Press release

Ten Scariest Facts About the Chesapeake Bay

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