I am alarmed by the failure, to date, in achieving the pollution-reduction targets of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, specifically the legislative and executive branch, is largely responsible for this failure.
What's more, the Commonwealth's draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) self-identified an annual funding shortfall of more than $320 million. The result will be a continuation of impaired waters in Pennsylvania and, due to the impacts of climate change, an erosion of the progress that has been made to save the Bay.
As the federal leader of the Bay clean-up effort, you are responsible for directing and implementing the much-heralded multi-state/federal partnership to restore the Bay. You are accountable to the 18 million of us who call the Bay region home and ensuring we have clean water for all. Please ensure that all Bay restoration partners, especially Pennsylvania, are held accountable to their clean water obligations. If these commitments are not met, consequences must be imposed.
The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, critical to our health, economy, and way of life across this region. Please ensure that its restoration continues in full force.