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Senators Announce Millions from Federal Funding to Help the Chesapeake Bay

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- It's Christmas in July for the Chesapeake Bay as U.S. senators gain federal funding to help restore the health of the Maryland waterway. 

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) announced Thursday that $4.66 million in federal funding will be provided to the bay through several U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants, according to Senator Cardin's Office. 

The health of the Chesapeake Bay will be replenished in the following ways: 

  • $4.01 million to help the Maryland Department of Natural Resources administer a Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant program
  • $536,808 to help the Chesapeake Research Consortium Inc. support the outcomes and goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement
  • $61,017 to help the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, which provides data management and analysis services to the bay program as well as other scientific monitoring information
  • $54,100 to help the Chesapeake Stormwater Network Inc. provide technical information to local, state and federal storm water managers to accelerate the implementation of the most cost-effective nutrients and sediment load reduction practices

Senator Cardin said that the grants provided to the Chesapeake Bay shows the importance of the watershed to our nation. 

“These grants represent a federal investment in the Chesapeake Bay and the countless locally-owned businesses, watermen and farmers whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Bay. It is precisely why I just led a bipartisan bill reauthorizing the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program: it funds projects like these, which are absolutely critical for the Bay’s health and our region’s economic growth. A healthy Bay means a healthy economy,” said Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “I’ll keep fighting to ensure the Chesapeake Bay Program is fully funded in the 2018 budget.”

Senator Van Hollen also offered a statement discussing the importance of the Chesapeake Bay for the various purposes it brings to the Maryland economy. 

“Taken together, these four grants will help Maryland make progress to improve the health of the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed,” said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “The Bay is a natural treasure that is also essential to Maryland’s economy – including the tourism, fishing, and boating industries. We’ll keep fighting to ensure the Bay is clean and thriving.”

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