After languishing for nearly a year in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the committee will reportedly mark up the Chesapeake Clean Water Act legislation tomorrow. The legislation mandating tougher regulation on agriculture, industry and municipalities is sponsored by Maryland Senators Cardin and Mikulski, and Delaware Senators Carper and Kaufman. It backs up President Obama's executive order, which federal agencies are moving to implement. .
"The Chesapeake Clean Water Act is a game changer for the Chesapeake Bay," notes Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker. "It will use science to set pollution limits, require that governments reduce pollution to achieve those limits, and impose consequences for failure.
"It does all this while empowering local jurisdictions to decide how best to achieve the limits, as well as providing funding and technical support so critical to success," he adds. According to Baker, a letter signed by more than 250 supportive businesses and organizations is being delivered to the Senate committee.