Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued the following statement upon the passing of former Senator John W. Warner of Virginia:
“Senator John W. Warner was an original Chesapeake Bay champion along with his friend, Maryland Senator Charles Mathias.
In 2003, he partnered with CBF to secure two Black Hawk helicopters to recreate Mathias’ 1973 landmark Bay fact-finding tour. That tour, over 5 days, lead to the establishment of the state/federal Bay Program in 1983.
Senator Warner also helped to make saving the Bay a national priority by urging President Reagan to call for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay in his iconic 1984 State of the Union address.”