Taking Environmental Protection to the Next Level: An Assessment of the U.S. Environmental Services Delivery System

April 2007- This report examined the water quality program through an in-depth review of the Chesapeake Bay program.

This program’s unique combination of scientific studies, interstate policies, stakeholder partnering, and best practice innovation indicate what is required to restore the Bay to healthy conditions.

Key Findings

The report urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take the lead in creating new partnerships to pursue a comprehensive effort to clean up America’s polluted waters. The Academy’s Panel recommendations provided a blueprint for implementing important new practices for controlling urban and agricultural runoff as part of the nation’s water pollution control program. The report called for a specific effort to reduce agricultural and urban runoff resulting from everyday activities.