Chesapeake Bay Bill Markup Scheduled for Next Week

July 23, 2010 Bookmark and Share

A bill establishing flexible, cooperative management of Chesapeake Bay environmental monitoring is scheduled for mark up next Wednesday, June 28th in the House Committee on Agriculture.

NAWG is strongly supportive of the measure introduced by Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), and signed onto a letter sent June 30 expressing that support.

The Holden-Goodlatte legislation titled the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization and Improvement Act, H.R. 5509, is intended to put agriculture on a path toward achievable nutrient management for the Chesapeake Bay region that is consistent with sound agronomic standards.

To achieve these goals the bill includes introduction of an interstate nutrient trading program, a revamped environmental assurance program and an extended timeline for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment from a daily standard to one that will account for seasonal variations.

Following several weeks of discussion with coalition partners and Agriculture Committee staff on priorities for the bill, NAWG’s Director of Government Affairs for Environmental Policy, Mark Gaede, participated Wednesday in a briefing on the bill for House agriculture legislative assistants to help educate them prior to the mark-up.

For more about the bill and the June 30 letter, please visit www.wheatworld.org/environmentalissues.