Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia governors call for Chesapeake Bay funding boost
EASTON, Md.- In a letter Wednesday, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware’s governor’s called on Congressional leaders to increase funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program from $73 million to $90 million.
Right now, the Trump Administration is considering cutting funds for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay by 90% in their Fiscal Year 2020 Budget.
47 ABC spoke to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who says the bay’s water quality has reached the highest level on record, a sign that pollution is decreasing. We’re told they’ve seen under water grass populations go up and low oxygen deadzones have shrunk. But these potential cuts could slow any momentum. CBF’s Eastern Shore Director, Alan Girard tells us, “Looking at the 2025 deadline to get the bay off federal dirty water list, it’s time to accelerate the effort to meet that deadline, and not go backwards.”
Leaders for the foundation have been going to Capitol Hill and working with legislators, asking for support.
On Wednesday, Senator Chris Van Hollen questioned the EPA Administrator about the Chesapeake Bay Program during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. After securing the Administrator’s ongoing commitment to the Bay, he raised the fact that the budget contains significant cuts to the Bay, which Senator Van Hollen is committed to blocking.