Federal Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program

Standing up for the Blueprint

Just as the Bay and its rivers are on the rebound, the proposed federal budget threatens to cut all funding for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program—the largest program to restore a body of water in U.S. history.

The program coordinates scientific research on the health of the Bay, and provides grants to state and local governments to help reduce pollution. It's successful, bipartisan, non-controversial—and it's a critical part of the Bay restoration efforts that are helping crab and oyster populations rebound, shrinking the Bay's dead zone, and allowing Bay grasses to thrive.  

Cuts to this vital work could reverse years of hard-won progress, and threaten clean water for the more than 18 million people who call the Chesapeake Bay watershed home. That's why it's so important that we tell Congress loud and clear that it must stand up to protect clean water in the Chesapeake Bay.

In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that citizens let their elected officials know that clean water should be an important priority.

With that in mind, here are a few resources to help you understand the issues at hand and to help you speak out on behalf of clean water everywhere.

All of us who love the Bay and its rivers and streams, must continue to do our part in restoring it. Our economy, our environment, and our health depend on it.

Decades of Success: The 1970s

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Save the Bay

Founded in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest independent conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Bay.

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