(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Vice President Kim Coble issued this statement concerning the release of the federal appropriations bill:
"This is a critical moment in time for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and CBF commends the continued Congressional support to reduce pollution and restore water quality to local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. The federal government plays a crucial role in clean-up efforts, and this budget bill honors its commitment to the goal of clean water.
"CBF commends the leadership of Senator Barbara Mikulski, long a champion of Bay restoration efforts, in securing the necessary funding for this work, as well as for fending off efforts to derail these efforts."
Key items include:
- The Chesapeake Bay Program received a $3M increase, to a record $73M.
- Funding for Clean Water State Revolving Loans remained steady at $1,448M. These low cost loans are critical for communities to upgrade sewage treatment plants and install green infrastructure projects.
- The Bay Watershed Education and Training program is funded at $7.2M.
- The Army Corps of Engineers' oyster restoration efforts received $5 million in funding.