The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a measure that would boost the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. But it’s up to the Senate if it goes through.
The bill will increase funding to reduce bay pollution from $73 million to $85 million for 2020.
It’s important to keep the Chesapeake Bay clean and thriving for future generations.
The bill also included $1.8 billion for the federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund, $523.9 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and $2.27 million for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Trails Program to promote public access.
Federal money for bay cleanup has been a tug of war between Congress and the Trump administration, which keeps trying to slash funding by 90% or kill it entirely. But Congress has kept funding at current levels through a series of annual appropriations.