WASHINGTON – On Monday, November 14, 2022, at 1:30 p.m., U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) will be joined by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), state and local officials, economic leaders, watermen, advocates for conservation, and others to announce draft legislation they’ve authored to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). The group will also announce the opening of the public comment period on the draft text and will encourage community members to share their thoughts and input on the plan. The discussion draft legislation was developed through collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) and the working group that Senator Van Hollen and Congressman Sarbanes convened last year and alignswith the ten guiding principles laid out in June, including the voluntary nature of participation. The overarching goals of this effort are to deliver more federal resources to the watershed region to celebrate its diverse cultural and economic history, conserve this environmental treasure, and foster public access to the Chesapeake Bay while spurring economic growth.