July 28, 2010
CBF Statement on Passage of H.R. 5509
by the House Agriculture Committee
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Doug Siglin, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Affairs Director, issued this statement following the passage of H.R. 5509 by the House Agriculture Committee this afternoon.
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation appreciates Congressman Tim Holden's willingness to make several changes to the introduced version of H.R. 5509 that strengthen it from our point of view. There are several good provisions in the bill that deserve recognition.
"The legislation moves pollution reduction efforts forward by:
- Directing the U.S.D.A. Secretary to provide much needed technical assistance to farmers to implement practices to reduce pollution;
- Furthering the transparency and accountability of efforts to improve water quality in our region;
- Creating a water quality trading program designed to lower the cost of reducing pollution; and
- Requiring EPA and USDA to work together with the states to identify how farmers should meet their obligations to meet water quality standards.
"However, we remain concerned that ultimately, HR 5509 does not ensure that the pollution reduction from agriculture needed to get the Bay and its tributaries cleaned up by 2025 will be made. We continue to strongly support Senator Cardin and Congressman Cummings' bills, but look forward to working with Congressman Holden and other members of the Agriculture Committee to advance the good ideas contained in H.R. 5509."