restoration

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A $1.1 trillion budget bill that would keep the federal government running through September fully funds the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades.

The bill contains $73 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program, which President Donald Trump has called for defunding.

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President Trump’s federal budget would eliminate cleanup funds for the Chesapeake Bay.

The fund had been at $73 million

And last year Virginia and Maryland along with local governments got $9 million each from the program.

Said one environmental group without the money there is no cleanup.

The states in the Chesapeake Bay region and the District of Columbia use the money to upgrade sewer facilities and limit runoff from agriculture.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's lieutenant governor is urging federal officials to exclude Virginia from offshore drilling.

In a letter addressed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam said offshore drilling has the potential to threaten the environment, defense, agriculture and tourism of the state.

Northam, a Democrat, has announced his plans to run for governor in 2017. In the letter, he cited the "demise of the Chesapeake Bay" and his work toward its restoration as one of the reasons he decided to run for public office.

USFWS.gov

Another $19.8 million will be coming to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge for restoration in the wake of the storm-damage done to the beach and marsh south of Fowler Beach Road.

That’s in addition to $20 million set aside for beach and dune restoration after the refuge shore line was breached during Hurricane Sandy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to have a new cleanup agreement ready by October.

The Capital reports a new agreement is in the works with clearer goals and greater flexibility and transparency.

It would be the fourth Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 30 years intended to spur improvements. The last agreement was signed in 2000.