Posted on April 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Thursday, Apr 10 at 11:31 PM
NORFOLK -- Attorney General Mark Herring is joining the fight to keep the Chesapeake Bay clean.
In a brief filed Thursday, Herring highlighted the economic impact and environmental significance of protecting the bay.
It's all part of a joint effort to work with other bay projects that cross state lines. Bay supporters say they're thrilled with the high-level support.
"This is nothing less than historic. Virginia is joining in the battle for clean water and it is a very welcome day," said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Attorneys general from 21 other states and the American Farm Bureau have opposed the ability of bay states like Virginia and the Environmental Protection Agency to work cooperatively to address the health of the bay.
“We’re really seeing Virginia accelerate its efforts to have healthy waterways as well as a healthy economy and we can't let that be derailed by special interest and a legal challenge," said Bill Street of the James River Association.
Maryland is moving toward filing a similar brief in support of the restoration project, according to Peggy Sanner, Senior Attorney with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
It could take several months before the issue is settled in court.