WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria led a letter to the Biden Administration urging the President to appoint a Senior Advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator for the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River to continue working to improve the health of the Bay.
“The Chesapeake Bay generates $33 billion in economic value annually, and its health directly impacts Coastal Virginians’ livelihoods and the culture of our community,” said Congresswoman Luria. “While we have made significant progress, the health of the Bay is still deteriorating. A Senior Advisor to the EPA Administrator on the Chesapeake Bay will help pave the way to restoration.”
The Obama Administration appointed three Senior Advisors to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for the Chesapeake Bay and Anacostia River. Their work laid the foundation for the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, which established the Bay’s total maximum daily load (TMDL), an agreement between seven jurisdictions within the watershed on levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that can enter the Bay. The 2020 State of the Bay Report gave the Chesapeake Bay an overall score of 32 out of 70, a one-point decrease from 2018. A Senior Advisor dedicated to the Chesapeake Bay would give the EPA insight to its most pressing issues and provide expertise for effective regulations. To read the full letter, please see here.
During her tenure, Congresswoman Luria has been a vocal advocate for the Chesapeake Bay. In October 2020, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, which included her bill, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, was signed into law. This bill authorized $455 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program over the next five years and supports local conservation projects.