(WASHINGTON, DC)—Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee finished markup of HR 1620, which would reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years and increase the funding provided to it. Following the markup, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Federal Affairs Director Jason Rano issued this statement.
“The Chesapeake Bay Program is the glue that holds the multi-state Bay clean-up effort together. H.R. 1620, The Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, would ensure it continues to perform the vital functions of coordinating the science and monitoring, overseeing each jurisdiction’s efforts, and funding projects to reduce pollution.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation thanks Rep. Elaine Luria and the original House co-sponsors, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force co-chairs Reps. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rob Wittman (VA-01) and John Sarbanes (MD-03), for advancing this important legislation, particularly during National Estuaries Week.
“As we look toward the 2025 deadline to have practices in place that will restore Bay water quality, it is essential that all the partners, including the federal government, accelerate their efforts to reduce pollution.”