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Include Climate Change in the New Chesapeake Bay Agreement

 

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In the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement - guidance document extraordinaire for Bay restoration - decision makers excluded the term climate change from the draft. What's worse, the draft of the agreement also fails to mention concrete goals for addressing climate impacts on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Tell our decision makers to include climate change in the Chesapeake Bay Agreement! 

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  • Chesapeake Bay Program Principals Staff Committee

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to include climate change in the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

The Chesapeake Bay is particularly sensitive to the impacts from climate change. Water temperatures have increased by 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1960s. In the last century, Bay water levels have risen by more than a foot. About a dozen islands have vanished. Others have been evacuated. Thousands of acres of shoreline marshes have been eroded away. The Chesapeake Bay is already degraded by development and agriculture, but the growing effects of climate change are making Chesapeake Bay restoration even more daunting.



I appreciate your leadership in ensuring that the term climate change gets incorporated into the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Even more important, we are counting on you to include explicit climate change-related goals in the new Agreement. Without goals, there is no accountability and no measure of progress, which we cannot afford when it comes to the challenge of protecting our waterways from climate impacts

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

 


  

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