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[photo, Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Ave., Annapolis, Maryland] The Chesapeake Executive Council was established by the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983 to coordinate the work of restoring and protecting Chesapeake Bay. In accordance with the 1987 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the Council is the governing body for these efforts. Parties to the 1987 Agreement are the State of Maryland; the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and the Chesapeake Bay Commission. On June 28, 2000, the same six signatories approved a third agreement, Chesapeake 2000, which set goals for Bay restoration by 2010.

Chesapeake Bay Program Office, 410 Severn Ave., Annapolis, Maryland, December 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Chesapeake 2000 added the Bay's "headwater states" - Delaware, New York, and West Virginia - to the restoration efforts of the Chesapeake Bay Program. Through a memorandum of understanding in 2000, the governors of Delaware and New York committed to the agreement's water quality goals. Also, the governor of West Virginia similarly signed on in 2002.

Meeting annually, the Council's nine members serve ex officio. They include the governors of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; the mayor of the District of Columbia; the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and the chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

Five committees assist the Council. They are the Citizens Advisory Committee; the Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council; the Management Board; the Principals' Staff Committee; and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.

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