After decades of effort, the voluntary, collaborative approach to restoring the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay— the largest estuary in the United States—has not worked and, in fact, is failing. A diverse group of 57 senior scientists and policymakers have joined forces to save the Bay. This is our plan.

Putting the ‘Action’ in Chesapeake Bay ‘Action’ Plan

Here is some local television coverage from our June 30, 2011, action in the Anacostia River protesting the 28th year of not meeting the Clean Water Act deadline. We got terrific national and local media coverage.

At the event organizers called for for readily-achievable actions by Prince Georges County, the District of Columbia, states and the EPA to put the River and all bay rivers on a path to reach the Clean Water Act’s long-postponed fishable and swimmable goal. (See our press release.)

Thanks to all who came out, and to the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Anacostia Riverkeeper for co-sponsoring. Here’s hoping that we won’t see a 29th year.

“Anacostia River needs cleaning, environmentalists say,” June 30, 2011, WJLA ABC Channel 7:

“Protesters Take Plunge Into Anacostia River,” June 30, 2011, Fox 5:

“Protesters Say Anacostia Plunge Is Cleanup Call,” June 30, 2011, WUSA9

(Footage courtesy Lauren Gentile):

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