Ruppersberger, Committee Advance Bill Investing in Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore Harbor
(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today joined the House Appropriations Committee in passing legislation that includes more than $47.2 million to maintain and restore the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor. The Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022 cleared the Committee in a 33 to 24 vote and now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
The $53.2 billion bill funds agencies and programs in the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and several independent agencies. It creates jobs by developing clean, affordable and secure American energy and rebuilding our nation’s aging water infrastructure.
“This bill puts the United States on the path to energy independence and addresses the threats that our energy and water infrastructure will increasingly face as the climate changes – including right here in Maryland,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, an Appropriator. “I am proud that this bill includes funding for restoration efforts specific to the Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore Harbor, which are among our greatest natural and economic resources. I thank my fellow Appropriators for recognizing the need to protect these resources and I encourage my colleagues to support this bill on the House floor.”
The bill includes money for the following projects:
- $20.4 million to dredge the Baltimore Harbor and channels, which is imperative to keeping the Port of Baltimore competitive;
- $4.2 million to relocate dredged material for the restoration and expansion of Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay;
- $720,000 to remove drift (floating debris) from the Baltimore Harbor;
- $13 million for the Comprehensive Water Resources and Restoration Plan for major water bodies such as the Chesapeake Bay, including $3 million designated for the rehabilitation of oyster reefs;
- $3.9 million for the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery program in Maryland and Virginia;
- $5 million to support flood control and ecosystem management in the Chesapeake Bay.
A summary of the bill is available here.