(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Following the House Appropriations Committee meeting, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President Kim Coble issued the following statement.
"Full funding for the Bay Program is critical. Bipartisan members of Congress have been working for full support and we are grateful for their leadership. There is strong support in the six Bay states and the District of Columbia for this federal partnership. We appreciate the support of the Appropriations Committee funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program at $60 million and will continue to work in both the House and the Senate to ensure that the full $73 million investment in clean water is provided.
"Our investments in this program have real impact and cuts will too. The majority of funds are invested through grant programs that leverage local investment, so $13 million in federal funding results in another $13 million of local, state, and private investments. That means a total loss of $26 million that could be going into local restoration projects, local economies, local clean water."