Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper aims to correct faulty Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement
Please send your own comments in (address provided in our letter). It is very important that they hear from individuals, as they are only counting any group sign-ons or petitions as a single comment.
Our Riverkeeper addresses the biggest fault in the Agreement. ”It also appears that in this section the jurisdictions’ “commitments” to the Agreement fall short. In fact, this section contradicts the definition of commitment. Merriam-Webster defines “to commit”, in the relevant definition, as to “obligate” or “bind”. … “Discretion to participate” is not a commitment. This lack of commitment causes a conflict with potential funding of jurisdictions. Section 117(e) of the Clean Water Act directs the Environmental Protection Agency to issue grant money to the Agreement signatories to implement programs in the Agreement, but only “if a signatory has approved and committed to implement all or substantially all aspects of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement.” As the draft Agreement stands, upon signing the Agreement, none of the signatories would approve and commit to implement all or substantially all of the Agreement. ”