Growing up, I was taught that you should always try to leave a place better than the way you found it – and that’s my philosophy when it comes to the environment. The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure that must be preserved for future generations to enjoy. My kids swim in it, our family catches crabs and rockfish out of it, and its economic impact on the Maryland’s First Congressional District is immeasurable.
Watermen, oystermen, crabbers, farmers, hunters, restaurants, and the tourism industry depend on a healthy, clean Chesapeake Bay for their livelihood. I am committed to commonsense, multi-state solutions that protect the Bay and its precious waterways. In order to make meaningful progress, we need to make sure that all of the stakeholders have a seat at the table, and that everyone has a voice in repairing our beautiful estuary. If we don’t receive “buy-in” from all active partners, we can never achieve the goal of a robust environment that our children will be able to appreciate. This does mean that other upstream states whose waters flow into the Bay must also do their part, and the federal government is a logical choice to make sure that happens.
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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) applauded $1,436,701 in federal funds to support coastal infrastructure projects in Talbot County. The County will provide $1,437,959 in matching funds, bringing the project total to $2,874,660.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all Md.) today announced $13,398,000 in funding to construct a new wastewater treatment plant in the Town of Chesapeake City in Cecil County. This plant will replace two existing treatment sites, and meet new nutrient removal requirements.
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D.
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) successfully passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would prioritize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredging projects that are in close proximity to ongoing island replenishment projects. This language would directly benefit Chesapeake Bay tributaries that are in desperate need of dredging, such as Slaughter Creek. The specific amendment language is below:
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) successfully passed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would provide $1 million in funding to pay for USDA mandated inspections of wild caught invasive species, including the blue catfish. The blue catfish is threatening the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and is not native to the Bay.
Congressman Harris made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced a $445,000 award to the Chestertown Marina in Kent County from the USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. These funds will be used to support infrastructure improvement necessary for stormwater management drainage at the marina. Specifically the funding will pay for upgrades to the bulkhead and fueling and sewage pump-out facilities and tanks, which were at risk to flooding events.
Rep. Harris made the following statement on the award:
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of $269,925 in federal research funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Maryland and Delaware Departments of Natural Resources. Specifically, funding was awarded as part of a three-year, $838,350 grant to the two states for conducting research in the Nanticoke River, which supports a newly discovered yet potentially critically endangered population of Atlantic sturgeon.
Congressman Harris made the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced that the State of Maryland will receive $695,940 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program to reduce nutrient runoff in the Bay watershed. The grant to Maryland is part of a $6 million allocation to states from the Bay Program to address agricultural nutrient runoff. A breakdown of state allocations is below:
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced his support of the new “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Under President Obama, the EPA had sought to change regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act to expand federal jurisdiction from navigable waters to include wetlands, farm watering ponds, and roadside and farm ditches that contain water only in response to rainfall.
WASHINGTON, DC: Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) announced the award of a $500,000 federal grant to improve the protection of coastal communities and ecosystems associated with bays and estuaries, including the Chesapeake Bay. The funds were awarded by the National Science Foundation to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences in Cambridge, Dorchester County.