In 1987, the governors of the Bay states, the mayor of Washington D.C., the administrator of the U.S. environmental Protection Agency, and the Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission entered into the Chesapeake Bay Agreement to restore and protect the Bay and it tributaries. One of the major initiatives of the Agreement involves the improvement of public access to the waters of the Bay. It is anticipated that this commitment will increase resources for the improvement of water-dependent and water-enhanced recreational opportunities in the coming years. Increased public awareness through expanded Bay access opportunities is considered essential in gaining public support and commitment for the preservation of the Chesapeake Bay. The Agreement outlines four general objectives to support the initiatives: Improve and maintain access to the Bay, including public beaches, parks, and forested lands; Improve opportunities for recreational and commercial fishing; Secure shoreline acreage to maintain open space and provide opportunities for passive recreation; Secure necessary acreage to protect unique habitat and environmentally sensitive areas.