Wetland area in the Chesapeake Bay.
Wetland area in the Chesapeake Bay. On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13508, which recognizes the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calls on the federal government to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed. EO 13508 established a Federal Leadership Committee to oversee the development and coordination of programs and activities to protect and restore the bay. It also set goals for water quality, protection, storm water management, climate change, public access, scientific support, and habitat research. The committee is chaired by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and includes senior representatives from the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Transportation and others. Eric Vance, photographer.