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What is the Department of the Navy doing to protect/clean up the Chesapeake Bay?

Answer

After issuing the Chesapeake Bay Strategy in May 2010, the Department continues to demonstrate environmental leadership working with the other Federal agencies to achieve Chesapeake Bay restoration goals. DON represents DoD as the Executive Agent for the Chesapeake Bay program. As such, DON has participated with the Federal Leadership Council to ensure that the Strategy sets forth aggressive, measurable, and attainable goals to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, a National Treasure. DON continues working with the States as they develop their Watershed Implementation Plans. Our goal is to identify our nutrient and sediment sources, prioritize areas for nutrient and sediment reduction projects, and implement these projects to meet or exceed our reduction targets. The vision of the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program is to protect the Chesapeake Bay for military readiness, for our communities and for future generations. The Mission of the DoD Chesapeake Bay Program is to incorporate restoration, pollution prevention, and stewardship initiatives for the Chesapeake Bay into DoD's daily mission of providing the military forces that are needed to deter war and to protect the security of the United States; to partner with federal, state, and local governments and organizations and citizen groups to maximize resources and strengthen Bay restoration and protection efforts; and to engage all levels of DoD military, civilians, and their families to be environmental stewards of the watershed where they live. The Navy will complete stormwater best management practices (BMPs) inventories and assessments, develop nutrient management plans, upgrade wastewater treatment plants where needed and reduce impervious surface acreage. The Navy will also comply with regulations governing NPDES Permits for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) and industrial stormwater. Other actions that allow the Navy to reduce pollution from its lands to the greatest extent practicable include incorporation of Low Impact Development (LID) practices and policies; adherence to the requirements of the DoD Policy for the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) Section 438 and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) policy into sustainable land management designs for Capital Improvement, Energy Management and Public Works projects. The Navy supports stewardship initiatives including support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Clean the Bay Day. The Navy provides a significant number of volunteers (military and civilian) to collect and document trash and debris at installations within the Bay watershed in support of the annual community clean up event. Additionally, the Navy supports Earth Day and National Public Lands Day events that promote environmental stewardship for Navy personnel and their families.

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