CBF Fights Back Against
Congressional Dirty Water Bills
Twice in the first 100 days. (And almost a
third time.) That’s how often the House of
Representatives has passed bills this year
seeking to stop Chesapeake Bay restoration,
undercut the Clean Water Act, or both.
CBF and its members have been doing their
best to persuade Congressional representatives from the Chesapeake Bay region to turn
back such attacks. We have been successful
in helping to prevent the House bills from
In February, the House passed H.R. 1, a bill
containing an amendment offered by Congressman Bob Goodlatte of western Virginia that
would have ended all federal funding for the
implementation of the state watershed implementation plans—the states’ responsibility
under EPA’s pollution diet (officially the TMDL
or Total Maximum Daily Load). Together, plans
from the six states and D.C. constitute a
roadmap for controlling nitrogen, phosphorus,
and sediment pollution to the Bay and its tributaries by 2025. The bill became law only after
the Goodlatte amendment was dropped by
Senate and White House negotiators.
In early July, the House passed H.R. 2018
(see House voting record on page 13), a bill
to undermine the Clean Water Act by allowing individual states to veto the actions of
restoration is being
attacked in pending
the federal government. Previous agreements
to clean up the Bay have failed precisely
because the states have been unwilling or
unable to get the job done. The bill is pending action by the Senate.
H.R. 2018’s potential effect on the Bay was
the subject of a show on National Public
Radio’s “Living on Earth,” featuring CBF
Senior Scientist Dr. Beth McGee and Federal
Affairs Director Doug Siglin.
At the end of July, Congressman Goodlatte
announced his intention to attach another
amendment to stop the Bay’s cleanup onto
an EPA budget bill that was being debated.
Before he had a chance to offer it, the bill
was pulled from consideration as the House
dealt with the debt ceiling agreement. It will
be taken up again after the August recess.
CBF thanks members of our action network
who have energetically responded to calls to
contact their representatives about the clean
u Visit cbf.org/getinvolved to send a message of
support for clean water to your representative.
Storm clouds are gathering on the horizon for Bay restoration. Members of congress are seeking to
stop Chesapeake Bay restoration and undercut the Clean Water Act, or both.
Moran, who represents Alexandria
and other parts of
finds himself in a
position he never
the past two months, he’s had to play the
role of the boy with his finger in the dike
against a rising tide of anti-environmental
Representative Jim Moran
The EPA funding bill for 2012 considered by
the House in early August contained more
than 40 anti-environmental “riders.” Moran
did what he could to stop them as the bill
moved through the legislative process. But as
a member of the minority party, he was powerless to do much more than try to win the
Congressman Moran is gentlemanly with a
big touch of feisty. As the senior Democrat
on the EPA and Interior Department
Appropriations Subcommittee, he has had
to demonstrate both qualities in abundance this year. He has given special attention to two key environmental issues close
to home: the Potomac River and the
Chesapeake Bay. Earlier this year, he was
the first speaker to oppose legislation
intended to stop EPA from implementing
the Bay restoration strategy.
“The pollution of the Chesapeake Bay is
also a jobs killer for the citizens in its watershed. If this amendment passes, it will ultimately result in a loss of thousands of fishing, crabbing, and tourism jobs. Now is not
the time to retreat on our commitment to
restore this great estuary, nor to kill the
thousands of jobs that their survival
depends upon,” he said.
u For more information on how CBF is working at the federal level to protect and restore the
Bay and its tributaries, visit cbf.org/dc or call