Chesapeake Bay

A national treasure, the Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest estuary, an incredibly diverse and productive ecosystem, and the heart of Maryland’s economy and culture. Since arriving in Congress, protecting and improving the health of the Bay has been a high priority for me. As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I am working to ensure that our bedrock environmental laws are protected and emerging threats to clean, safe water and healthy air are addressed. Unfortunately, there never seems to be an end to the efforts to derail foresighted policies that safeguard our environment, which is why I will continually fight to protect our lands and waters, especially the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

I fought hard for WRDA provisions related to specific river basins, watersheds and coastal areas and increases for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Program in Maryland and Virginia from $60 million to $100 million. The health of our oyster population is critical to Maryland’s economy, the health of the Chesapeake Bay and our natural environment. Clean water and restoring the Bay to a healthier level to sustain native fish, wildlife and farmland means a stronger regional economy and better health for Marylanders.