"Every one of our armed services has a responsibility to preserve the Chesapeake for those who follow," Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus says.
By Sabri Ben-Achour
The Navy has outlined how the Department of Defense is going to help restore the Chesapeake Bay.
President Obama's first executive order was to launch a vast federal effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, and one part of that was to ask that the federal government lead by example.
The Department of Defense has 68 different installations on the Bay and as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, they will all be taking measures to reduce pollution.
"Every one of our armed services has a responsibility to preserve the Chesapeake for those who follow," Mabus says.
The installations will upgrade waste-water treatment plants, install permeable parking lots, buy more electric vehicles, and use more environmentally friendly building standards.
One way in which the federal government has not chipped in in the past, has been in paying local storm-water fees. The Secretary of the Navy said the government is exempt from taxes, but was trying to work out an alternate arrangement.