Chesapeake Conservancy Applauds Advancement of Senate Conservation Bill Supporting Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD – Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works passed the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (S. 3051). The “ACE” Act includes a provision that would extend the authorization for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, as well as the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, through Fiscal Year 2025.

Wildlife Webcam Image Courtesy of Tig Tillinghast. Bobcat on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.

The bill also includes a provision, titled the Chesapeake WILD Act, that would create a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Program dedicated to the restoration and protection of fish and wildlife resources throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

The following statement is attributable to Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn:

“The advancement of this bill by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is welcome news, and we applaud the strong leadership of Senator Capito, Senator Cardin, Senator Carper, Senator Gillibrand, Senator Van Hollen, and other members of the committee on their support for conservation and for the Chesapeake Bay.

“The continued, long term authorization for the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program is important as these programs have demonstrated immense, positive impact on the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and the ability of the public to enjoy its many natural and cultural resources. The authorization of these programs ensures the continued success and ability of the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Park Service to implement their important work.

“The Chesapeake WILD Act, which would create the first U.S. Fish and Wildlife program dedicated specifically to the Chesapeake Bay, would add much needed resources and attention to better protect our fish and wildlife species and their habitats. Thank you to all of our Chesapeake Bay delegation members who have supported the advancement of these important initiatives, and ultimately our water quality, wildlife, outdoor recreation, and way of life.”