Annapolis, Md. (DELMARVA NEWS NOW) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Chair of the bipartisan Chesapeake Executive Council is urging members of the U.S. House and Senate to provide full funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration programs.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate approved a measure that increases Bay funding, but falls short of the $85 million dollars that was approved by the House and was recommended by members of the aforementioned Chesapeake Executive Council, which is made up of the Governors of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. and the Chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.
Governor Hogan said “We are at a critical juncture in Chesapeake Bay restoration with the goal of clean water in sight.” He continued “The increased and targeted federal support included in the House-passed bill is critical to sustaining this progress and meeting our restoration goals at the 2025 deadline.” The Chesapeake Bay’s health is showing slow but steady improvement, obtaining a D+ in 2011 and maintaining a C grade since 2012.
The letter penned by Governor Hogan on behalf of the Chesapeake Executive Council concludes “For these reasons, we hope you will support funding the program at $85 million dollars in the conference report, with the House report language.”