Hogan, Other State Leaders Press Hill Appropriators for More Bay Funding

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) continues to beat the drum for federal Chesapeake Bay funding.

    Hogan and other members of the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council have written to the four top appropriators in Congress, urging them to resist President Trump’s proposal to drastically cut funding for Bay cleanup and instead increase the annual funding for the program from $73 million to $90 million.

    “Today we stand at a critical juncture in Chesapeake Bay restoration with the goal of clean water in sight,” Hogan, who is chairman of the Executive Council, and other leaders wrote in the letter, which was scheduled to go out Wednesday morning. “After three decades of collaboration with our federal and jurisdiction partners we are witnessing measured improvements towards clean water, increased resiliency toward a changing climate, and the economic value of a healthier ecosystem.”

    Joining Hogan in signing the letter are Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Delaware Gov. John Carney (D), Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D), Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) and Maryland Del. Tawana P. Gaines (D-Prince George’s), who is chair of the Chesapeake Bay Commission.

    The letter is addressed to Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Senate Appropriations ranking member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and House Appropriations ranking member Kay Granger (R-Texas).

    In their letter, Hogan and the other officials urge the congressional leaders to allocate $90 million “as part of a final push for restoring the Bay that has been central to our nation’s history, founding, and economic prosperity.”

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