Sarbanes Looks Ahead to Meaningful Collaboration with Biden EPA to Protect the Chesapeake Bay [Video]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee hearing today with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) underscored the important collaboration underway between Congress and the Biden Administration to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
“I want to focus, it won't surprise you, on the Chesapeake Bay,” said Congressman Sarbanes, a prominent member of the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee who co-chairs the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force. “The Chesapeake Bay is an economic engine for my home state of Maryland, and frankly, for the whole region – which is one reason protecting it is so vitally important. I am very pleased to see the Biden Administration’s emphasis on restoration and protection.”
Sarbanes continued: “In the last administration, there were a lot of proposals – continuously, unfortunately – to cut funding to critical Bay programs. And in addition, there was not the commitment to the kind of cooperative and collaborative leadership across the states in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed that we need to ensure the restoration of the Bay.”
Sarbanes concluded: “So I’m hoping that the state and local partners, as well as Bay colleagues in Congress, can count on [the Biden Administration and EPA Administrator Regan] to change that and help provide that cooperative framework that we need to meet [Bay pollution reduction] goals that are coming at us fast.”
See below for a video of the Congressman’s remarks.