What's new with the
The Renewed Agreement
There are more than 1,650 local governments in the Bay
region, including cities, counties, towns, townships and bor-
oughs. Local governments play a vital role in the protection and
restoration of the Chesapeake Bay system because they have
statutory authority to decide how the land in their jurisdiction
will be used and, ultimately, the way that the thousands of
streams and rivers that drain into the Bay will be protected. The
Bay Program recognized from the start the important role local
governments have in the regional clean-up effort. In 1988, the
top policy-making body of the Bay Program, the six-member
Chesapeake Executive Council, established the Local Govern-
ment Advisory Committee. The committee is the collective
voice of locally elected officials throughout the region. Since
1996, the committee has been charged with overseeing the
implementation of the Local Government Participation Action
Plan. The Action Plan identifies three theme areas in which
local governments have a substantial role in protecting and
restoring the Chesapeake Bay: land use management and stew-
ardship; stream corridor protection and restoration; and infra-
structure improvements. In 1999, the committee continued to
implement the Action Plan. The following highlights touch on
some of those efforts.
13 Bay Partner Communities Recognized
In 1999, the Bay Program recognized 13 communities for
their efforts to protect and restore the Bay as part of the Chesa-
peake Bay Partner Communities program. The communities
include an existing Bay Partner Community that will upgrade its
status from silver to gold. This year's nominees bring the total
number of Bay Partner Communities to 52. Initiated in 1996,
the Chesapeake Bay Partner Communities program recognizes
communities that implement and sustain a broad range of activi-
ties that protect both local resources and the Bay. For more
information on the program, call the International City/County
Management Association, (202) 962-3589.
Team Conducts Two Environmental Reviews
The committee's Community Environmental Review Pro-
gram was completed in two communities in 1999: Warrenton,
Virginia, and Hampstead, Maryland. The review held in Warren-
ton focused on low impact development techniques and infill
development. The Hampstead review focused on innovative site
planning for a proposed 400 acre industrial site and revitaliza-
tion of its downtown. An ongoing program, each review brings
a team of technical experts together with community officials to
help address local concerns with a focus on protecting the Bay
system. Only communities that have applied to be Chesapeake
Bay Partner Communities are eligible for participation in the
Community Environmental Review Program. This requirement
encourages participation in the program. For more information,
call the International City/County Management Association,
(202) 962-3589.
Workgroup Organizes
Metropolitan areas in the Chesapeake watershed have orga-
nized a workgroup to provide more input into the Bay Program
decision making process. The workgroup is focusing its efforts
on urban watershed management and the potential fiscal effects
of Bay Program policies on metropolitan areas. For more infor-
mation on the program, call the Metropolitan Washington Coun-
cil of Governments, (202) 962-3200.
Local Governments Receive Funding
for Small Watershed Projects
The Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants Program com-
pleted its first year in 1999 by awarding $650,000 in grants to
37 organizations and local governments. The program, which
provides grants to organizations or local governments working
Of Note:
>- LGAC continued to communicate with all local
governments in the watershed through its newsletter
Bay Currents.
>- William Rumsey, Jr. of the District of Columbia, was
elected as the committee's new chair. State vice-chairs are
Gloria Fisher, Virginia; George O' Donne 11, Maryland;
B. Kenneth Greider, Pennsylvania; and Cheryl Amisial,
the District of Columbia.
>- LGAC was one of the sponsors of the Summit Toward
a Sustainable Chesapeake, a two-day conference designed
to challenge local governments to develop sustainable
initiatives in the Bay watershed. The conference attracted
more than 300 participants.

to protect and improve watersheds, is funded through the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its purpose is to
demonstrate effective techniques and partnership building that
will help achieve Chesapeake Bay restoration objectives at the
small watershed scale. Local government-based projects
included a trout nursery raceway on an Amish farm in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a shoreline erosion education
project for landowners in Prince Frederick, Maryland; and
the development of a nature center for schools in Fauquier
County, Virginia. For more information on Small Watershed
Grants, call Karen Hester Abrams of the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation, (202) 857-0166.
ICMA to Coordinate Committee
The International City/County Management Association
(ICMA) was selected to receive a grant to provide services to
local governments in the Chesapeake Bay region. The associ-
ation's responsibilities include staffing the committee, im-
plementing the Bay Partner Communities program, conducting
Community Environmental Reviews, providing technical
assistance to local governments and improving communication
between the Bay Program and the local governments in the
Chesapeake Bay Partner
Anne Arundel County, Gold
Chesapeake City, Gold
City of Gaithersburg, Bronze
Takoma Park, Gold
Town of Princess Anne, Silver
Adams County, Silver
Annville Township, Bronze
Lewisburg Borough, Bronze
City of Alexandria, Gold
City of Norfolk, Silver
Fauquier County, Bronze
Gloucester County, Bronze
Isle of Wight County, Bronze
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