Mason Hosts Re-signing of 1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement Today

Posted: December 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

George Mason plays host today to officials from the federal government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and Washington, D.C., who are traveling to the Fairfax Campus to renew the historic Chesapeake Bay Agreement that was first signed 20 years ago at the university.

Michael Leavitt, newly appointed head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency; Mark Warner, governor of Virginia; Robert L. Ehrlich, governor of Maryland; Robert Bobb, city administrator of Washington, D.C.; and Virginia Delegate Robert Bloxom will be among the officials onhand at the event.

In 1983, the agreement was originally signed at a similar ceremony hosted by George Mason. “We are very pleased to have these dignitaries on campus, particularly because they are coming together to renew their pledge to protect one of our country’s most valuable treasures,” says President Alan Merten.

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, as well as one of the most productive in the world. Since the agreement’s inception, the program’s highest priority has been the restoration of the bay’s living resources.

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