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Rep. Brat Introduces Clean the Bay Resolution

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Washington, May 24, 2018 | Mitchell Hailstone (202-225-2815) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dave Brat introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives entitled Clean the Bay Resolution that would celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and commemorate the 30th annual Clean the Bay Day on June 2nd, 2018, which has become a Virginia tradition. The resolution was introduced with bipartisan members of the Virginia delegation.

“One of Virginia’s greatest natural treasures and sources of industry is the Chesapeake Bay. The bay was here before us, and it will be here after us. It is our privilege to keep it clean and take care of it for future generations,” said Rep. Dave Brat.

The name Chesapeake can be traced back to the Algonquian word Chesepiooc referring to a village “at the big river.” The Chesapeake Bay is the nation’s largest estuary and the third largest estuary in the world, stretching 200 miles and boasting a surface area of about 4,480 square miles. The Bay also supports more than 3,600 species of plants and animals, including 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish, over 2,700 plant species, more than 16 species of underwater grasses, and 29 species of waterfowl.

The watershed is home to more than 18 million people, with 150,000 new people moving into the watershed each year. The Bay provides half of the total blue crab harvest in the United States, and the commercial seafood industry in Maryland and Virginia combined equals $3.39 billion in sales and offers nearly 34,000 jobs to the local economy per year.

On the first Saturday of June each year for the last 29 years, thousands of Virginians descend on the rivers, streams and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay to remove harmful litter and debris for Clean the Bay Day. Last year, the event engaged 152,000 volunteers who removed 6.4 million pounds of debris from nearly 7,390 miles of shoreline in Virginia.

“On Clean the Bay Day, families, service members, businesses, church groups, and elected officials come together across the state to support clean water,” said Chesapeake Bay Foundation Virginia Executive Director Rebecca LePrell Tomazin. “We are grateful to Congressman Brat and the Virginia Congressional delegation for honoring this tradition and working together to ensure continued Congressional leadership for restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its many rivers and streams.” 

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