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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Chesapeake Bay is healing but more work needed to stay on track: Andy Harris

April 26, 2019
In The News

As President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.”

This week is Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week in Maryland. While we have made much progress in restoring the bay, we must continue to do our part to preserve the bay for future generations. 

For over a century, the Chesapeake was ravaged by overharvests, sewage contamination, and excess nutrient and sediment runoff. The result was plummeting crab and oyster yields, polluted, litter-filled waters, and extreme degradation of underwater habitats upon which the entire ecosystem relies.

However, over the last three decades we have made significant progress to reverse these trends...