West Virginia Rivers Coalition executive director Angie Rosser praised Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for signing the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement today, supporting a six-state compact to help clean up the Potomac River and its tributaries that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. “This is a positive step in acknowledging our responsibility as a headwaters state,” said Rosser.
As Gov. Tomblin pointed out in a statement, the Potomac River drainage includes an eight-county Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia. “By continuing our efforts to ensure a cleaner, healthier Chesapeake Bay, we are also supporting our state’s robust tourism industry and the miles of rivers and streams that provide our families and visitors with recreational opportunities to enjoy all that's wild and wonderful about the Mountain State,” Governor Tomblin said.
“After the water crisis, there is no question that the protection of our rivers and streams must be a priority. It’s wonderful to see our Governor recognize the value of our rivers to our state and all those who live downstream,” added Rosser.
The next step in implementing the six-state Agreement is for each state to determine which goals and strategies for clean water they will help achieve. “We look forward to West Virginia demonstrating its commitment by investing in practices and programs to clean up these waters,” said Rosser. “Knowing there are so many challenges to be reckoned with in this region from industrial agriculture waste in rural areas to stormwater runoff in urban areas, this action shows that our Governor is working toward cleaner, safer water for all West Virginians.”