(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement regarding Chairwoman Mikulski and the Bay delegation's support of clean water funding in the federal appropriations bill:
"As the Bay states and the federal government continue efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams, CBF commends the bipartisan work of Chairwoman Mikulski of the Senate Appropriations committee and Representatives Moran, Wolf and Harris on the House Appropriations committee for the strong clean water funding for the Bay included in the omnibus appropriations bill.
"The federal government plays a crucial role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. Thanks to the bipartisan work of the Bay delegation, this budget bill helps Bay states reach their clean water goals. These budget investments will sustain the region's economy as well as its environment."
Key items include:
- The Chesapeake Bay Program received a $3M increase to a record $73M. Most funds go to states for pollution reduction.
- Funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund remained steady at $1448M. These low-cost loans are critical for communities to upgrade sewage treatment plants and install green infrastructure projects.
- The Poplar Islandrestoration project is funded at $15.1M.
- The U.S. Army Corps Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery program is funded at $5M.
- The Bay Watershed Education and Training Program is funded at $7.2M.
- The Environmental Quality Improvement Program in the Farm Bill is increased to $1.46B, which means the special funding for Bay farmers in the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program that comes from this funding will also be robust.