Restoring the Chesapeake Bay: a decades-old bipartisan effort

 1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program

1983 Chesapeake Bay Agreement. Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program

Over the past two years, I have been asked the same question over and over again: “How are we able to continue to fund the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort in the current political climate?”

This question has merit, since President Donald Trump’s first proposed budget completely eliminated the $73 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program and other critical federal agency support. However, for the past two years, much to the surprise of many, we have been able to maintain the effort because the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams has always crossed political boundaries.

Read the full article on the Baltimore Sun website.

Coalition Statement on the 2018 Midterm Election

This is the official statement on the 2018 Midterm Election results from Chanté Coleman, director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition.

“The Coalition has worked hard over the years to garner support for the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort across the watershed. Due to that outreach, we are pleased to have champions of the Chesapeake from both sides of the aisle that support continued full funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program. We are looking forward to working with the 116th Congress, including the new faces that will be joining our Chesapeake delegation.”

The Choose Clean Water Coalition is an organization that harnesses the collective power of more than 230 local, state, regional and national groups to advocate for clean rivers and streams in all communities in the Chesapeake region.