Hogan and Northam Meet in Virginia Beach to Announce Climate Change Directive | WDVM25 and DCW50
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Governor Ralph Northam met with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Friday to pledge to take action on climate change and redouble efforts to help restore Chesapeake Bay.
At the meeting of Chesapeake Executive Council at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, Northam, Hogan and other leaders signed a climate change directive Committing the Chesapeake Bay program to address the growing threats of climate change in all aspects of the partnership’s work.
“I firmly believe that by working together as a region in a bipartisan fashion, we can and will continue to find real and sensible solutions to tackle climate change and protect Chesapeake Bay,” said Hogan, a Republican ( Northam is a Democrat). “These challenges are too great to lose this opportunity to act now.”
The council, established over 37 years ago, includes governors from all states in the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed, as well as the mayor of the District of Columbia. Northam currently chairs the board.
“A healthier Chesapeake Bay depends on a focused science approach that takes climate change into account. It will take bold and urgent action to reach our goal of a fully restored bay by 2025, ”said Northam. “Virginia is committed to working diligently with its watershed partners to deliver on this commitment in a resilient, practical and cost-effective way that benefits our vast waterways, our environment and our economy. “
Northam says they will focus on nature-based solutions, like the city of Virginia Beach ‘s restoration of over 200 acres of marshland at Back Bay in Virginia Beach.
Hogan stressed that cleaning up the Susquehanna River, which begins in New York City and flows into the bay, is also essential. He said he was submitting a memorandum to the Maryland General Assembly on Friday outlining four new climate change targets for the Chesapeake Bay.
The objective of this partnership is to recognize the need to increase the resilience of the watershed, as well as the need to restore natural landscapes, habitats, public infrastructure and communities so that they can withstand the adverse effects of conditions. environmental and climatic changes.
“A clean bay will generate more than $ 22 billion each year in new economic value through improved commercial and recreational fishing, reduced drinking water treatment costs, resilience to climate change and improved the value of properties and the quality of life in the region, ”said the secretary. of Natural and Historic Resources Ann Jennings. “It’s time to build on these efforts, recognize the undeniable impacts of the climate crisis and, more importantly, work across the watershed to respond appropriately using the best science and data to protect the bay. and our environment. “