EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner was chosen to serve another year as chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council at its Oct. 10 meeting.

Browner was chosen by the other members of the council, which also includes the governors of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania; the mayor of the District of Columbia; and the chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, which represents the legislatures of the three Bay states. The Executive Council is the top policy-making body for the Bay cleanup effort.

After her selection, Browner said much work remains in restoring the Bay. "The patient's vital signs are improving, but the patient is not really out of danger," she said of the Bay. "We must remain vigilant. At each and every turn, we must recommit ourselves to the work we do. In many ways, what has been achieved ... is only a small amount of what must be achieved. And in many ways, what lies ahead is far more difficult."