Sarbanes, Scott, Van Hollen Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriators to Increase Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in leading a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging House and Senate appropriators to increase funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program.

“As the House and Senate negotiate the final Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill, we urge you to accept the funding level with the increased allocation according to the adopted report language from the House-passed Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Bill, which provides $85 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program,” the Members wrote.

“The Chesapeake Bay is an economic driver for the entire region – including recreation, education and commercial enterprises,” the Members continued. “It is critical that the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort meet its 2025 pollution reduction goals.”

The Members concluded: “The Chesapeake Bay Program is a national model for clean water partnerships and an important bellwether for the success of other major body of water restoration efforts around the country. We are within sight of delivering clean water. For these reasons, we hope you will support funding the program at $85 million in the conference report.”