Chesapeake Bay Program awarded $60 million, but Rep. Taylor would like to see $73 million

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump proposed to gut the 2018 budget for the Chesapeake Bay Program, giving them a zero balance. (Sarah Fearing/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH – During a meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Tuesday the Chesapeake Bay Program was given $60 million in funding.

The program works year-round to restore waterways, decrease pollution and protect more than 3,000 species of plants and animals that call the bay home.

“Full funding for the bay program is critical,” Kim Coble, vice president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said in a news release. “Bipartisan members of Congress have been working for full support and we are grateful for their leadership. There is strong support in the six bay states and the District of Columbia for this federal partnership.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump proposed to eliminate the 2018 budget for the program — a move which William Baker, president of CBF, called outrageous.

Coble said in the release that though the program appreciates the funding, they will continue to work towards securing funding that they need to ensure that the bay’s health continues to rise.

Rep. Scott Taylor, who also sits on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement Wednesday afternoon voicing his support of the program. Taylor said he would also like to see the program receive funding equivalent to the 2017 budget.

“I am grateful for the support among members of the Appropriations Committee who fought to get the $60 million included for the Chesapeake Bay program, far from the $0 in the President’s budget,” Taylor said in the statement. “The Chesapeake Bay is America’s largest and most significant estuary, a significant economic driver for our region and a national treasure. While I would like to see it returned to the FY17 level of $73 million immediately, this is a strong negotiating position we will use to push for increased funding in the weeks ahead.”

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Amy Poulter has lived in more than a dozen cities – including New York, San Antonio, Austin, Orlando and Jersey City – but she was born right here in the Southside. Amy graduated from Old Dominion University and worked for The Virginian-Pilot and Princess Anne Independent News before joining Southside Daily. Before working as a multimedia journalist, she was a professional chef and musician. In her free time, Amy enjoys listening to music, reading, spending time at the beach and chasing her two pups around the park.