(RICHMOND, VA)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Ann Jennings issued the following statement today regarding state budget amendments for Chesapeake Bay restoration released today by General Assembly money committees:
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is gratified that money committees in both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate support increased funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, specifically Virginia's agricultural cost-share program to help farmers reduce polluted runoff.
"While it's still early in the budget process, we are encouraged by the support of this critical clean water program and are hopeful it will be funded adequately in the final budget approved by the General Assembly.
"Farm runoff remains the largest single source of pollution to Virginia rivers and the Bay, and the conservation practices funded by Virginia's cost-share program are the most cost-effective tools for reducing it. We urge the legislature's full funding support for the program."