May 3, 2012

Goodlatte translates into "Bad Bay"

The Chesapeake Bay is under assault by something worse than sewage overflows and algae blooms. It's proposed legislation that is VERY misguided. And very misleading too, thanks to the word "improvement."

Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte introduced H.R. 4153, which he has deviously titled the "Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act." The Chesapeake Bay Foundation folks believe this bill could be the worst piece of legislation for the Chesapeake Bay ever introduced in Congress--because it destroys the federal-state balance that is driving Bay cleanup and end our hopes for a clean Bay in our lifetimes.

Possibly inspired by Goodlatte's initiative, New York Congressman Tom Reed and Congresswoman Kathy Hochul introduced H.R. 4337, the "Chesapeake Bay State and Local Backstop Limitation Act of 2012." This is an attempt to remove any accountability on the part of the Chesapeake Bay States to limit pollution and meet their own water quality standards.

I encourage readers--especially boaters--to protest these legislative attacks on the Chesapeake. Just click here to get started.