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by Dave O’Leary | 2009

On Monday, October 19, Senator Ben Cardin introduced the “Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009.” If this bill is passed, it should strengthen the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and reauthorize funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. The next day, Congressman Elijah Cummings introduced a corresponding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. These bills follow an Executive Order from President Obama in May regarding protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Information about the two bills is online at www.thomas.gov. The House bill number is H.R.3852. The Senate bill number is S. 1816.

On Monday, October 19, Senator Ben Cardin introduced the “Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act of 2009.” If this bill is passed, it should strengthen the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and reauthorize funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program.  The next day, Congressman Elijah Cummings introduced a corresponding bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  These bills follow an Executive Order from President Obama in May regarding protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  Information about the two bills is online at www.thomas.gov.  The House bill number is H.R.3852.  The Senate bill number is S. 1816.

 

Please thank Senator Cardin and Congressman Elijah Cummings for their leadership on this issue.

 

Senator Cardin’s contact information:

http://www.cardin.senate.gov/

202-224-4524 (Washington, D.C. office) or 410-962-4436 (Baltimore office)

 

Congressman Cummings’ contact information:

http://www.house.gov/cummings/contact.shtml

(410) 685-9199 (Baltimore)       

(410) 465-8259 (Howard County)

The current co-sponsors from Maryland are Representatives Donna F. Edwards, Steny H. Hoyer, John  Sarbanes and Chris Van Hollen, and Senator Barbara Mikulski.  They also deserve our thanks.

Leadership from Maryland is important, but we need many more elected officials from around the country to join this effort.  Those of us in Maryland understand the importance of the Chesapeake Bay but many others may not. 

In support of this effort, a new Chesapeake Bay Coalition was formed in the spring of 2009, then launched the Choose Clean Water campaign.  The Coalition includes the Sierra Club’s Maryland Chapter and hundreds of other organizations from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.   The Coalition’s first conference is scheduled for January 10-12 in Washington, DC.  More information about the conference on available on the web site www.choosecleanwater.org.

If you are interested in helping with Chesapeake Bay issues at the federal or local level, please contact the Maryland  Chapter office at 301-277-7111.              

 

Dave O’Leary is the Maryland Chapter Conservation Chair.

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