- Reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program which is run by EPA;
- States in the 64,000 square mile watershed would have to devise more specific plans to reduce pollution;
- States would have to write stormwater permitting rules that protect the natural hydrology of an area under development
- States would have to abide with a watershed-wide "total maximum daily load" limit on nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment.
The legislation also provides $1.5 billion in grants to help states achieve these goals. Starting in 2014, the states would have to issue progress reports every other year. A failure to make adequate progress could result in loss of those funds. There's the teeth!