The announcement by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes that he will not seek another term in the House of Representatives will leave large shoes to fill, according to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. As a co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, Congressman Sarbanes worked tirelessly to secure federal resources and policy changes that support conservation and cleanup efforts across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. He also worked to ensure that all who call the watershed home have access to, and connect with, nature. Perhaps most of all, Congressman Sarbanes has been a leader in promoting hands-on environmental education for students in Maryland and across the country.
Following his announcement, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President and CEO Hilary Harp Falk issued this statement:
“Along with his work on ethics and campaign finance reform, Congressman Sarbanes is an environmental access and education hero. He recognized that protecting our natural resources begins with ensuring the wonder and majesty of those resources are available to all, especially students.
By advocating for environmental literacy and outdoor education, Congressman Sarbanes gave the next generation the gift of outdoor experiences that lead to a deep appreciation for the need to protect our planet. We thank Congressman Sarbanes for his leadership and tireless efforts to develop tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”