August 1, 2012
CBF Issues Statement Opposing House Farm Legislation
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) President William C. Baker issued this statement concerning a proposal by the leadership in the House of Representatives that would fund drought relief to ranchers at the expense of conservation funding nationally.
"While CBF supports the drought relief currently under consideration, we are opposed to funding it at the expense of conservation programs for Chesapeake Bay watershed farmers. Continued conservation funding is essential to assist farmers in meeting their obligations to reduce runoff and improve water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. The region's farmers are stepping up, but there is still much more work that needs to be done.
"The House should, instead, pass a comprehensive Farm Bill that addresses the needs of those affected by the drought as well as farmers who want help increasing conservation practices on their farms.
"Restoring clean water in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay will benefit our children and future generations. If we don't continue to make progress we will continue to have polluted water, human health hazards, and lost jobs—at a huge cost to society."