(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement on the proposed Obama Administration budget.
"The Chesapeake Bay has been a priority initiative of the Obama Administration since 2009. That is why the Administration's budget is so deeply disappointing.
"If left to stand, the proposed $332 million cut to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund will do real damage to the states' efforts to upgrade wastewater treatment plants and manage polluted runoff.
"The proposed $3 million cut to the Chesapeake Bay Program—which directly assists watershed states in managing the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint—is a step in the wrong direction.
"The Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint contains the plans each state developed that will reduce pollution and restore water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. An economic analysis, commissioned by CBF, found that once those plans are put in place the economic benefits from implementing them would reach $129 billion annually. And, we will leave a legacy of clean water for our children and grandchildren.
"Only through strong bipartisan support in Congress has this cleanup stayed on track. The federal government has a significant role to play, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls on Congress to continue to stay the course and make the prudent investments needed for the cleanup to succeed."