Sarbanes Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network

September 19, 2013
CONTACT: Daniel Jacobs
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails Network – a program administered by the National Park Service that preserves and protects more than 170 sites throughout the Bay and its 64,000 square mile watershed. 

“The Chesapeake Bay is one of our most precious natural treasures and we must maintain our commitment to preserving it for future generations,”
said Congressman Sarbanes. “It is not only an environmental asset, but also an incredible economic engine that creates jobs and puts Marylanders to work. By reauthorizing the Gateways and Watertrails Network, we will continue to encourage citizen engagement with the Bay and bring thousands of tourists to our region.” 

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network connects residents and tourists alike to the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Bay. Since 2000, it has grown to include more than 170 sites and nearly 2000 miles of established and developing watertrails in six states and the District of Columbia. Through grants to parks, volunteer groups, wildlife refuges, historic sites, museums, and watertrails, the Network fosters meaningful outdoor experiences and citizen stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. 

The bill has been cosponsored by Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-Md), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Robert Scott (D-Va.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Gerry Connolly (D-Md.) and John Delaney (D-Md.).