Chesapeake Bay Preservation Programs (Multiple States)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Maryland;Pennsylvania;Virginia;Washington D.C.

Applies to States or Provinces Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Name Chesapeake Bay Preservation Programs (Multiple States)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wave Energy, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Chesapeake Bay Program
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Chesapeake Bay

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups.

The Chesapeake Executive Council was established by the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983. Under the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, membership changed from cabinet secretaries to the governors of Maryland, Pennsylvania 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 Council: (a) Establishes the policy direction for the restoration and protection of the Bay and its living resources; (b) Exerts leadership to marshal public support for the Bay effort; (c) Signs directives, agreements and amendments that set goals and guide policy for Bay restoration; and (d) Is accountable to the public for progress made under the Bay agreements.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality administers complementary programs and regulations to prevent future pollution and degradation of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding lands. More information can be found here:

Policy Contact

Department Chesapeake Bay Program
Address 410 Severn Avenue
Address 2 Suite 112
Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21403
Phone (800) YOUR-BAY
Fax (410) 267-5777

Department Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Address 629 East Main Street
Address 2 P.O. Box 1105
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23218
Phone 804.698.4000
Phone 2 800.592.5482


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Va. Code 10.1-2100 et seq. (Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act)