(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Program today released the results of the 2016 Bay grasses survey, which found a new record number of acres of habitat essential for many of the Bay's living creatures. In response, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement.
"The survey results are yet another indication that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is working. The number of crabs is up, oysters are rebounding, and now underwater grass beds have hit new records in each of the last four years.
"When we are confronted with such clear evidence of the Blueprint's success, the proposal to de-fund the Bay Program in the federal budget defies logic.
"Each of the Blueprint partners, especially EPA, must stay the course. In fact, the progress we are seeing should encourage all the jurisdictions to accelerate efforts to reduce pollution and restore this national treasure. If we all work together, it can be done."