Goodlatte Legislation Threatens Bay
Obama’s request for
2013 budget additions
is in Congress’ hands.
White House Fracking Study
In March, Congressman Bob Goodlatte of
Virginia introduced legislation in Congress
that would undermine the Bay pollution
limits currently in place, derail clean-up
efforts, and undercut the federal government’s role in making sure that all
Americans have access to clean, swimmable,
uSee page 11 for more information.
CBF supports President Obama’s 2013
budget request to Congress that includes
$45 million to expand studies on the
effects of hydraulic fracturing on land, air,
and water resources.
stallation on the U.S. Department of
Transportation building and a smaller but
highly visible one at Nationals Stadium.
Green Roofs are Growing
Today, green roof technology is recognized
worldwide as a valuable technique to help
keep pollution out of urban waterways and
reduce energy costs for buildings. A well-designed green roof will capture a great deal
of rainwater and keep it from running off a
building, washing accumulated pollutants
into an already-taxed storm-drain system.
Many green roof designs also provide insulation that reduces energy needs from power
plants by keeping buildings cooler in the
summer and warmer in the winter.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a technique used as part of the process of drilling
for natural gas. It involves forcing large
quantities of water carrying chemicals and
sometimes sand, glass beads, or other solid
materials into underground shale to allow
the escape of natural gas. Because of its
impact on our natural resources, it has
become highly controversial in New York,
Pennsylvania, and other areas where extensive fracking operations are underway.
Obama Requests More Money for the
Chesapeake Bay Program
There was good news and bad news for the
Chesapeake Bay in the President’s budget
request for fiscal year 2013.
If Congress grants the President’s request for
funds during this year’s appropriations
process, the $45 million will be split between
EPA, the Department of Interior, and the
Energy Department, which will cooperate on
the scope and implementation of studies.
uFor 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
Green roofs are a valuable technique for reduc-
ing both pollution from urban runoff and the
cost of heating and cooling buildings.
Thanks in part to a successful, CBF-led green-roof program, D.C. has become a world
leader in green roof installation, with more
than a million square feet of pollution-reducing green roofs.
The good news: President Obama underscored his commitment to restoring the
Chesapeake Bay by proposing a $15 million
increase in funding for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay
Program. That funding will help EPA and
state and local governments implement the
plans they are preparing to reduce pollution
and restore the Bay by 2025. No other clean
water restoration program in the nation
received a requested increase this year.
In the summer of 2003, CBF received a
grant to promote green roofs in the
nation’s capital. At the time, CBF knew lit-
tle about green roofs except that they were
a method to reduce polluted runoff in
some parts of Europe. With additional
grants from the District of Columbia’s gov-
ernment and the Summit Fund of
Washington, CBF worked on eight green
roofs in D.C., including a very large in-
The bad news: The White House request
includes reductions for several other feder-
al accounts that provide clean-water assis-
tance to towns, cities, farmers, and
landowners. For the most part, these are
national programs of which a share goes to
Chesapeake Bay states for distribution.
The President’s request now goes to
Congress for action. Congress can reduce or
add to the White House request at will.
TOM PELTON/CBF STAFF
In early 2011, CBF asked President Obama for a
comprehensive review of the impact of fracking
in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.