(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued this statement after Congress passed the federal budget today:
"The omnibus spending package passed today provides strong funding for programs that will advance the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. This includes the federal-state program that has supported the restoration of the Bay since 1983: the Chesapeake Bay Program. We are particularly pleased that the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which provides communities with crucial financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects, is robustly funded at $1.394 billion. Other notable programs which received strong support include the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery work in Maryland and Virginia; the highly successful NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training program that provides students hands-on science experiences; the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission; and critical restoration work on Poplar Island.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and all who prize the national treasure that is the Bay owe Senator Barbara Mikulski a great debt of gratitude not only for her work to bring home strong funding for the Bay this year, but for her long legacy of support for our waterways and all the species and communities that depend on clean water."