On December 18, a consortium of federal agencies released their FY 2013 action plan for the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The 47-page document outlines the policy and funding actions that various federal agencies will undertake during FY 2013 regarding the Bay.
This Action Plan describes how federal funding proposed in the President’s Budget will be used to protect and restore the Bay during the upcoming fiscal year, October 1, 2012—September 30, 2013. The FY 2012 data are provided as reference, and represent the amount actually appropriated by Congress for that fiscal year. While the text in this document provides a glimpse into many of the major efforts the federal team will undertake in FY 2013, a comprehensive database that includes more detail on plans, processes and efforts that comprise the FY 2013 Action Plan is available on the Chesapeake Bay Executive Order website.
This Plan was developed by staff of member agencies on the Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Transportation—in consultation with state and other agencies. This document describes plans for the fiscal year ahead—some continuations of work already in progress; some new initiatives—compiled for the Strategy’s four goal areas:
- Restore Water Quality
- Recover Habitat
- Sustain Fish and Wildlife
- Conserve Land and Increase Public Access
and supporting strategies:
- Expand Citizen Stewardship
- Develop Environmental Markets
- Respond to Climate Change
- Strengthen Science
In total, the included agencies have requested $447.8 million in FY 2013 funding for Bay restoration and Bay TMDL activities.