The Executive Council accepted a new Local Government Participation Action Plan that seeks to coordinate Bay restoration activities with the 1,650 local governments in the watershed.

The plan, written by the Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee, sets a number of actions needed to improve communication between local governments and the Bay Program, and to get local governments more involved in restoration efforts.

“Clearly, no strategy, no benchmarks, no schedules established at the federal, regional, or state levels can have any hope of success without the focused, dynamic participation of local governments,” said EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman. “This new Action Plan — a blueprint for strengthening these partnerships — promises significant progress.”

Copies of the strategy are available at the Bay Program’s web site, www.chesapeakebay.net