RECLAIM Act Letter of Support

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September 29, 2016

Dear Representative:

The undersigned members of the Choose Clean Water Coalition strongly support the RECLAIM Act, H.R. 4456, introduced by Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY). We urge you to cosponsor and support this bipartisan bill that has strong support from across the political spectrum.

The RECLAIM Act will help communities hit hard by abandoned mines and layoffs from the coal industry. The bill releases $200 million annually for five years from the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund. These funds are already set aside, as the coal industry paid into the Abandoned Mine Lands Fund to mitigate environmental damage and other impacts to coal communities.

The RECLAIM Act will help the economies of coal communities and the health of its residents. It will also be a boon for clean water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The environmental restoration component to this bill will benefit all of the major tributaries to Chesapeake Bay. The states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia are eligible for benefits from passing the RECLAIM Act, and the Chesapeake Bay will also be a downstream beneficiary. Please cosponsor and support H.R. 4456, the RECLAIM Act.

Thank you.


Anacostia Watershed Society

Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future

Clean Water Action

Earth Force

Earth Forum of Howard County


Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Elk Creeks Watershed Association

Environment America

Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek

Friends of the Nanticoke River

James River Association

Lackawanna River Conservation Association

Lancaster Farmland Trust

Maryland Conservation Council

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Mehoopany Creek Watershed Association

Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper

Nature Abounds


Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Piedmont Environmental Council

Potomac Conservancy

Potomac Riverkeeper

Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Savage River Watershed Association

Shenandoah Riverkeeper

Shenandoah Valley Network

Sierra Club – Pennsylvania

Sleepy Creek Watershed Association

Southern Environmental Law Center

St. Mary’s River Watershed Association

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

Virginia Conservation Network

Waterkeepers Chesapeake

West & Rhode Riverkeeper

West Virginia Rivers Coalition

Wicomico Environmental Trust