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Ruppersberger, House Committee Advance Bill Providing $90.5 Million for Chesapeake Bay

Jul 1, 2021
Press Release
House Appropriations Committee approves Interior Appropriations Bill

(Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today passed legislation that includes $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay – a $3 million increase over current funding levels – as requested by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. The $43.4 billion Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

The legislation funds programs that promote clean air and water, protect and preserve public land and endangered species and fight escalating climate change. The committee adopted $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program, earmarking more than $20 million for grants to remove nutrient and sediment and control runoff, plus nearly $9 million for states to control nutrients in targeted areas.

Experts estimate the Chesapeake Bay is worth more than $1 trillion in fishing, tourism, property values and shipping activities throughout its 6-state watershed, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“A healthy Chesapeake isn’t just good for wildlife and crab lovers – it’s good for business,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “We must do everything we can to protect the Bay, its shores and all those who depend on it for their livelihoods. I want to thank my fellow committee members for recognizing the ecological, environmental and economic significance of the Chesapeake Bay and including this funding.”

In addition to the $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program, Congressman Ruppersberger requested and received:

  • $16 million to monitor sensitive ecosystems and endangered species throughout the Chesapeake region;
  • $11.5 million for grants to help state and local governments conduct water quality testing to ensure our nation’s beaches are safe for swimming, surfing, fishing and other activities;
  • Up to $1 million to eradicate the northern snakehead from the Chesapeake watershed;
  • $20 million to protect historic American battlefields.