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House Approves $455 Million for Bay Cleanup Over Five Years

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Funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program will get $455 million over the next five years under measure approved by the U.S. House of Representatives.

It also provides funding for local projects.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Virginia Eastern Shore Representative Elaine Luria (D-Va) who sponsored the bill said that the measure will ensure that the Bay will be clean for future generations.

The fund will come through the Environmental Protection Agency to improve the health of the bay and help with pollution reduction and cleanup efforts.

Most of funds are handed out in grants to state and local governments as well as nonprofits.

It’s also used for oyster restoration and addressing septic system pollution.

Congress has consistently rejected the Trump administration efforts to slash funding for the program.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.