|Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force|
The Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force was initiated several years ago, but was re-launched in 2004 with a newly focused mission and role: to build consensus around initiatives that will improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and the broader watershed, and enhance the quality of life of the millions of people who live and work in this region.
The Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, currently co-chaired by Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Rob Wittman (R-VA), provides a bipartisan forum for policy discussions and joint action related to water quality, conservation, resource management, and recreation issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In addition, the Task Force sets regional policy and funding agendas to implement through the federal legislative process.
The Institute provides research and policy analysis to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force.
Institute accomplishments include:
Co-chairs and Members of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force are:
Fiscal 2012 Appropriations - Chesapeake Bay Watershed(S) = Subcommittee | (C) = Full Committee
Bill language of note:
*EPA -- "From within the amount provided, $18,828,000 is for state implementation grants and $9,627,000 is for Chesapeake Bay Operations, both equal to the fiscal year 2010 enacted levels. TMDL development and implementation is funded at $1,000,000, enforcement at $1,017,000, and Chesapeake Stat at $821,000. The bill provides $5,000,000 to partially restore the Administration’s cut in the fiscal year 2011 enacted levels. The bill does not provide the newly requested funding for air deposition activities."
"The bill provides $2,000,000 in small watershed grants, as requested. The Committee recognizes that local governments utilize other programs to assist with the cleanup of the Bay and directs the Agency, from within the small watershed grant amount, to support a competitive grant to conduct a survey of local government policies and programs used to control polluted runoff from urban, suburban and agricultural lands within the Bay’s four largest watersheds to provide all parties with information on the full scope of cleanup activities. The Agency should make the results of these surveys public to assist local government decision-makers with information on successful practices already in place, best management practices aimed at improving water quality, better implementation of existing policies, and road maps to help counties and municipalities decide how best to reduce pollution."
"The Committee supports the President’s budget proposal to conduct an in-depth analysis of the extent and sources of endocrine-disrupting chemicals impacting fish and wildlife in the Chesapeake basin."
The budget request for Investigations and the approved Committee allowance (i.e. specific projects by state) are shown on the table beginning on page 20 of the bill report. The budget request for Construction and the approved Committee allowance are shown on the table beginning on page 26. The budget request for Operations and Maintenance, and the approved Committee allowance are shown on the table beginning on page 36.
Congressionally Directed Spending - FY11 Appropriations
Earmarks are banned in FY12 appropriations. Earmarks for the mid-Atlantic in various FY11 appropriations bills can be found in the following tables. These will be updated as the appropriations process progresses.
Energy and Water Development Appropriations (House Subcommittee and Senate full Committee)
Interior and Environment Appropriations (House Subcommittee)
Activities in the 110th Congress
Appropriations LettersChesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force's appropriations requests for Fiscal Year 2009
(all subcommittee requests are in the document below)
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