Advocates say the Chesapeake Bay would not be where it is today without the influence of former Virginia Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, who pushed for pivotal Bay policies in the late 1980s. He died Oct. 29 at his home in Charlottesville, VA, at the age of 79.
During his tenure as Virginia’s governor from 1986 to 1990, Baliles helped craft a multistate Chesapeake Bay Agreement that was the first to detail numeric goals for reducing nutrient pollution.
“Gov. Baliles, I think, is credited for laying the foundation for a lot of the environmental improvements that Virginia has seen over the last 30 years,” said Joe Maroon, executive director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.[Continue Reading]