Send a Letter, Help Reduce Pollution
on Farms and in Small Communities
As members of Congress finish up the 113th
Congressional Session, CBF is seeking your
support for critical clean-water legislation.
A top federal priority for the Chesapeake
Bay is the Impaired Waters Improvement
Act (H.R. 4739), a bill that can benefit both
the region and the rest of the country. H.R.
4739 establishes a grant program that will
provide funding to help communities and
farmers implement projects that will reduce
nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment.
Your voice is critical. Your member of
Congress wants, and needs, to hear from you.
Sending a letter to or calling your elected offi-
cial in support of the Impaired Waters
Improvement Act will help bring attention to
this bipartisan funding resource for
local communities and farmers. Keep your
letters brief, specific, and polite; and, remem-
ber to ask for a reply. And, send us a copy!
Find your Congressional Representative’s
mailing address by entering your zip code
u To learn more about CBF’s federal clean water
efforts, visit cbf.org/DC.
Your voice is critical.
Your member of Congress
wants, and needs,
to hear from you.
D.C. & FEDERAL AFFAIRS
Three Things you Need to Know
about the Impaired Waters Improvement Act
1. The Bill Is Bipartisan
The Impaired Waters Improvement Act was written and introduced by Republican Representative
Tom Reed from the 23rd District of New York (within the Bay watershed) and Democratic
Representative Patrick Murphy from the 18th District of Florida. The bill is supported by
two other Bay watershed representatives, Republican Congressman Chris Gibson from
the 19th District of New York and Democratic Congresswoman Eleanor Norton
from the District of Columbia. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Federal
Affairs office in D.C. is working with Congress to gain further bipartisan
support for this bill.
2. The Bill Provides Tools and Resources
for Small Communities and Farmers
to Reduce Pollution
Local communities and farmers will truly benefit from the passage of the Impaired
Waters Improvement Act. Small communities will get grants for improving their publicly
owned treatment works or a publicly owned polluted runoff management practices.
This includes many communities within the Bay watershed that have a federal Blueprint for
nitrogen, phosphorus, or sediment. The same goes for family farmers. Privately owned farms in
areas that have local clean-up plans for nitrogen, phosphorus, or sediment would be able to
receive funding for pollution-reduction projects that are part of the clean-up plan.
3. The Bill is Funded by Clean Water Act Violators
The Impaired Waters Improvement Act creates an “Impaired Waters Trust Fund” within the U.S.
Treasury Department. Violators of the Clean Water Act would be fined an additional 5 percent, which
will be deposited directly into the newly created trust fund. The money would then be given to local
communities and farmers, through grants.