Protect Streams, Rivers and Our National Parks with Reasonable Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program!

Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay. © Flownaksala |

The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the country, is home to more than 50 national parks, 18 million people and a unique regional partnership that has directed the restoration of the Bay and its tributaries over the last three decades. The Chesapeake Bay Program is a critical funding source administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which helps restore and protect rivers and streams of the Chesapeake watershed and improve our national parks in the region.

But the administration wants to eliminate this important funding source entirely! This would be catastrophic to the Chesapeake and the national parks that depend on the health of the landscape. The Chesapeake Bay watershed supports robust fisheries, offers recreational and tourism opportunities, provides drinking water for millions of people, and is home to iconic parks, including Shenandoah National Park and Gettysburg National Battlefield. Learn more.

Eliminating the Chesapeake Bay Program would reverse years of progress made to date and halt the implementation of the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint — a historic and comprehensive pollution reduction plan for restoring clean water in the region.

Join NPCA and tell your members of Congress to support reasonable funding at $73 million annually for the Chesapeake Bay Program to continue this important work of restoring and protecting our region’s waterways.


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Support National Parks by Funding the Chesapeake Bay Program

Dear [Decision Maker],

I strongly support funding the Chesapeake Bay Program at $73 million annually to protect our rivers, streams and national parks in the region.

I urge you to support reasonable funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program in the fiscal year 2018 Environmental Protection Agency budget by including $73 million to restore the Chesapeake and our national parks in the region. The program has shown great results, and there is still much work to do to protect the waters, lands and wildlife of our region.

Thank you.

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