Sarbanes Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Mitigate Extreme Flooding on Military Bases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.), a co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, joined Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) in introducing the bipartisan Enhancing Military Base Resilience and Conserving Ecosystems through Stormwater Management (EMBRACE Stormwater Management) Act to implement stormwater best management practices to reduce flooding on and around military bases which jeopardizes military readiness, pollutes the Chesapeake Bay, and compounds stress for military families.

“Investing in stormwater management will help to address flooding on our military bases, protect the Chesapeake Bay, and boost our climate resiliency,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “I am pleased to join my colleagues in introducing the EMBRACE Stormwater Management Act today to reduce stormwater runoff in waterways and help our military communities.”

Climate change is changing patterns of precipitation, increasing the risk of severe storms, floods, and droughts. The EMBRACE Stormwater Management Act will mitigate these risks throughout Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which are especially susceptible to flooding due to increased development and land subsidence, as well as in military communities elsewhere.

List of co-sponsors: Representatives Rob Wittman (VA-01), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Nancy Mace (SC-01).

Click HERE for the bill text.

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