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Hogan applauds funding boost for Chesapeake Bay

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The U.S. Senate gave final approval to a government funding bill that includes $85 million for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, a 16% increase over last year.

In Maryland, the Hogan administra­tion has committed a historic $5 billion for wide-ranging bay initiative­s—more than any administra­tion in state history.

“We successful­ly fought last year to restore federal funding for the Chesapeake

Bay, and we are proud to have worked with our regional partners to protect critical bay funding once again this year,” Governor Hogan said.

“Maryland is fortunate to be home to countless natural assets, but for us, none is more important than the Chesapeake Bay, which is truly a national treasure. Our administra­tion has committed an historic $5 billion toward wide-ranging bay initiative­s, and as a result of our collective efforts, the bay is the cleanest it has been in recorded history.”

Earlier this year, after the federal administra­tion proposed cuts to Chesapeake Bay restoratio­n, Governor Hogan called it a “total betrayal.”

As chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, Governor Hogan led a bipartisan coalition of Chesapeake Bay watershed leaders—including Governor John Carney of Delaware,

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvan­ia, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia, Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia and Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC—urging Congress to approve $85 million in the final funding measure that goes to the president’s desk.

Governor Hogan also wrote directly to congressio­nal leaders, pushing them to boost federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay

Program:

“I ask that Congress heed our call to action and preserve and increase the federal commitment to restoring this national treasure.”

“This timely boost in funding will help all of the states and the EPA prevent more pollution and monitor the pace of our progress upstream and downstream,” Maryland Department of the Environmen­t Secretary Ben Grumbles said.

“The Chesapeake

Bay

Commission and our Congressio­nal Delegation should be commended for listening and responding to our call to action.”

The Hogan administra­tion has conserved, enhanced, and protected our natural environmen­t, including fully funding Program Open Space for the first time in more than a decade and fully funding the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund for the first time in state history.

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