Sarbanes Bill to Revive and Protect the Chesapeake Bay Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $455 million over five years for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a decades-long partnership between federal and state governments to decrease pollution across the Chesapeake Bay, improve Bay health and protect the entire watershed for future generations.

This significant federal investment in the Chesapeake Bay would provide consistent annual funding for restoration efforts in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia, including projects that reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment pollution.

“Today, my colleagues and I secured another bipartisan victory for the Chesapeake Bay,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The Chesapeake Bay Reauthorization Act will help states like Maryland continue to curb pollution and boost the Bay’s long-term health, ensuring it remains our nation’s environmental treasure and our region’s economic driver for many years to come.”

The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act has earned the endorsement of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Choose Clean Water Coalition, the Nature Conservancy and the Chesapeake Bay Commission.