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NPCA Fights to Save the Chesapeake Bay




National Parks Conservation Association


To keep the Chesapeake Bay area water clean, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) reaches out to members. In a letter, Pamela Goddard, Chesapeake and Virginia Program Manager of the NPCA said, ''Don't let special interests threaten clean water in our communities and in our parks and stop the progress we are making.''

Goddard asks members to write their representatives, and ask them to oppose HR 4153 and HR 4337, two bills that are threatening the progress of the bay's cleanup.

She concludes, ''From the clear headwater streams of Shenandoah National Park to the mouth of the James River at Fort Monroe National Monument, the health of the 54 national parks in the Chesapeake region depend on clean water that flows through and around them. But sewage, excess fertilizer, and polluted urban runoff are harming the Chesapeake's parks. This pollution degrades the land, kills aquatic life like blue crabs and creates ''dead zones'' in the water.''

Information about the proposed bills is as follows:

Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA-6) has introduced HR 4153 to allow any state that writes a conservation plan to automatically be deemed in compliance with federal and state water laws, no matter how good or bad the state plan might actually be. HR 4153 also allows state plans to supersede any national efforts

Reps. Tom Reed (NY-29) and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) introduced HR 4337 to limit the ability of the federal government to strengthen controls on large animal feedlots or to withhold grant funding if states fail to address pollution. These bills may be voted on as amendments to other legislation being considered by the House of Representatives.

To send a message to your representative please click here.

For more information about the NPCA and ways to support their efforts please click here.

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