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Bay Money in Virginia Budget

Virginia is well on the way to approving critically needed funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration.

Late last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell released his proposed amendments to Virginia’s new two-year budget adopted earlier by the Virginia General Assembly. This was the next step in approving a budget that includes $87.6 million to help Virginia localities pay for upgrades to their sewage treatment plants, among the larger sources of pollution plaguing the Bay.

While the Assembly will have the last word on the governor’s amendments, it’s likely the Bay funding will remain intact. That’s very important for the Bay, local rivers, and local governments.

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Look to the Lafayette!

VIPs tossing oysters into River for web The health of the Chesapeake Bay is, depending upon various reports, unchanged, slightly better, or slightly worse. Regardless of the precise status, experts agree the Bay remains seriously out of balance and greatly compromised by pollution.

That’s why the new federal-state Bay restoration initiative is so important to implement.  The initiative puts the Bay on a pollution diet and directs the Bay states and localities to devise plans to stick to it. The diet will reduce pollution to levels the Bay can safely handle and still support all the crabs, fish, oysters -- and people -- who call the Bay home.  The goal is to implement all the plans in the next 15 years.

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Clean Water Act Advances with Broad Bi-Partisan Support

Written by Patrick Miller, CBF Director of Community Building and Web Services

Early yesterday morning the CBF carpool headed to D.C. so that we could watch as the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee considered the Chesapeake Clean Water Act and answer any questions reporters might have.

We had heard the vote was going to be tight and in this political environment a contentious bill limping out of the committee is likely going to quietly die. Leadership has asked its members to take many tough votes recently: health care, financial reform, TARP, etc and wants to minimize subjecting them to additional contentious votes.

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