Chesapeake Conservancy Issues Statement on the Retirement of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

Senator Mikulski, 2014 Recipient of Chesapeake Champions Award, Has Been a True Friend to the Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD – Chesapeake Conservancy Executive Director Joel Dunn issued this statement on the retirement of U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski.

“Senator Barbara Mikulski has been a true friend of the Chesapeake Bay and a tireless advocate for land conservation along the watershed. It has been a pleasure to work with both the Senator and her staff on matters of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.

“In 2014, the Chesapeake Conservancy was proud to honor Senator Mikulski with our Chesapeake Champions Award for her record of environmental accomplishments throughout her career.

“The Senator’s efforts to protect Maryland’s most prized natural resource will never be forgotten. Our organization had the opportunity to work with the Senator on several recent projects.  They include her efforts to help establish the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the expansion of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, her support of the Watermen Heritage Tourism Training Program and her commitment to honoring Harriet Tubman’s legacy with land conservation through both a national park and national monument.

“Senator Mikulski will be remembered in history as a fierce protector of the Chesapeake Bay which stands stronger today as a direct result of her work.”