When the study was completed in 1983, it painted a bleak picture : decimated oyster harvests, crab yields and landings of freshwater fish—all, embarrassingly, right in Washington's backyard. The study helped fuel political will not just in Washington, but in the region’s state capitals: Just months later, the governors of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania signed the first agreement aimed at cleaning up the watershed. William Baker, the longtime president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said the initial agreement was short on substance, but was “incredibly important symbolically,” since officials in the region had long fought any suggestion that the bay had a problem.
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News and Notes from CSN for November 15, 2017.
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