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Sarbanes Applauds House Passage of Bill That Makes Critical Investments in Maryland's Infrastructure
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- 5/20/2014
Sarbanes Applauds House Passage of Bill That Makes Critical Investments in Maryland's Infrastructure
 
Legislation strengthens Port of Baltimore, one of Maryland’s most important economic assets

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today applauded House passage of a measure that will make important federal investments in improving Maryland’s infrastructure and maintaining the Port of Baltimore. 

“Bringing our nation's critical infrastructure into the 21st Century is a wise economic and environmental investment,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The Port of Baltimore generates thousands of Maryland jobs and serves as a critical hub of international commerce. This bill will help ensure the Port continues to play these critical roles well into the future.”

Congressman Sarbanes is committed to putting Marylanders back to work by rebuilding our state’s roads, bridges, schools, public transportation, water and sewer systems, which are in desperate need of repair. The Water Resources Reform & Development Act (H.R. 3080), which passed the House today, will help upgrade our water and sewer systems and modernize our waterways and ports - integral commercial corridors that create jobs, encourage trade, and help expand our economy. By making these necessary investments now, we can spur our economy forward and prepare for the future. 

The legislation authorizes funding for the following projects:
  • Poplar Island: Continuation of the Poplar Island project, which takes clean dredged materials from the shipping lanes leading to the Port of Baltimore and uses it to stabilize the shoreline, create habitat areas and restore the wetlands of one of the Bay’s most valuable island ecosystems.

  • Port of Baltimore: Annual maintenance dredging of the Port’s shipping channels, which support thousands of jobs throughout the state. 

  • Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration: Continue restoration of Maryland’s native oyster populations, which have declined dramatically, due largely to parasitic diseases. Oyster restoration is critical to the economic and environmental survival of the Bay and a high priority of the State of Maryland.

  • Chesapeake Bay Comprehensive Plan: Development of a comprehensive plan by the Baltimore District of the Army Corps of Engineers for projects to restore the Bay.

  • Mid Chesapeake-Bay Island Project: Design the restoration of the James and Barren Islands using dredged material from the Port of Baltimore’s shipping channels. 
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John Sarbanes
John Sarbanes
John Sarbanes
John Sarbanes
John Sarbanes