The Resource Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed

Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed

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Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed
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Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed
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Chesapeake Bay Program's response
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eng
Summary
Since 1983, the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission; and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have partnered to protect and restore the deteriorated Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The partners established the Chesapeake Bay Program (Bay Program) to manage and coordinate a variety of restoration activities and in their most recent agreement, Chesapeake 2000, which was signed in June 2000, they established 102 commitments for the Chesapeake Bay, which were organized under five broad restoration goals to be achieved by 2010. In October 2005, we issued a report in which we reviewed the management, coordination, and reporting mechanisms used by the Bay Program. Our review found that the Bay Program had (1) developed more than 100 measures of restoration but lacked an integrated approach for measuring the progress being made in restoring the bay, (2) reported on individual species and pollutants but lacked independent and credible mechanisms to report on overall bay health, and (3) developed numerous plans for accomplishing its restoration commitments but lacked a comprehensive strategy that could provide a roadmap for accomplishing the goals outlined in Chesapeake 2000, and (4) used its limited resources to develop plans that could not be implemented within available funding levels and was limited in its ability to target and direct funding to those restoration activities that will be the most cost effective and beneficial. To address these concerns, we recommended that the Bay Program take the following six actions: (1) develop and implement an integrated approach for measuring overall restoration progress, (2) revise its reporting approach to include an assessment of key ecological attributes that reflect the bay's health, (3) report separately on the health of the bay and the progress made in implementing management actions, (4) establish an independent and objective reporting process, (5) develop a coordinated implementation strategy that unifies its various planning documents, and (6)establish a means to better target its limited resources to the most cost-effective restoration activities. In December 2007, the Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 110-161). An accompanying explanatory statement of the House Committee on Appropriations directed EPA to (1) immediately implement all of the recommendations in our report and (2) submit a report to the Congress demonstrating that our recommendations have been implemented. Following the submission of EPA's July 2008 report to the Congress entitled Strengthening the Management, Coordination, and Accountability of the Chesapeake Bay Program, Congress asked GAO to provide an assessment of the steps taken by the Bay Program to address our 2005 recommendations
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GPO
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Mittal, Anu K
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federal national government publication
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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United States
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Testimony
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GAO-08-1031R
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  • Chesapeake Bay Program (U.S.)
  • Chesapeake Bay Program (U.S.)
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Water quality
  • Water quality management
  • Chesapeake Bay Watershed
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Water quality
  • Water quality management
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • United States
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Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed
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  • Title from title screen (viewed on Nov. 18, 2008)
  • Author: Anu K. Mittal
  • "August 28, 2008."
  • "GAO-08-1131R."
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Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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13 pages
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online
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computer
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rdamedia
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Hein Online
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digital, PDF file.
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)288524516
  • (OCoLC)ocn288524516
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Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 11/18/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081131r.pdf; current access available via PURL
Label
Recent actions by the Chesapeake Bay Program are positive steps toward more effectively guiding the restoration effort, but additional steps are needed
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Nov. 18, 2008)
  • Author: Anu K. Mittal
  • "August 28, 2008."
  • "GAO-08-1131R."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
13 pages
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Other physical details
digital, PDF file.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)288524516
  • (OCoLC)ocn288524516
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 11/18/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081131r.pdf; current access available via PURL

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