(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker released this statement today following Senate passage of the Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2014. The legislation, SB 1000, creates a comprehensive cross-cut budget for federal restoration activities in the Bay watershed. The budget will provide a comprehensive list of state and federal restoration activities within the Bay watershed, including federal funding levels and a description of restoration activities for past, current and future years.
In addition the legislation requires an independent evaluator be appointed to review and report on Bay Program restoration activities as well as any other topics suggested by the Chesapeake Executive Council every two years.
Similar legislation has already passed in the House, so the Senate bill will be sent back to the House for reconciliation.
"We applaud Congressman Wittman and Senator Warner for their leadership on this bill, which supports good government and good stewardship in implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. This bill will help us ensure the Chesapeake cleanup stays on track and the federal government does its part to provide the tools and resources states need to get the job done.
"We know the Blueprint makes good economic and environmental sense for the region. When implemented, the Blueprint will generate more than $22 billion in added benefits for the region annually."