Sens. Tom Carper, D-Delaware; Chris Coons, D-Delaware; Ben Cardin, D-Maryland; Bob Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania; Mark Warner, D-Virginia; Tim Kaine, D-Virginia; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; and Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, joined together as a regional delegation to protest President Donald Trump’s appropriation goals, which would eliminate funding to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and cut funding to core programs aimed at restoring the bay’s ecosystem, undermining the Chesapeake Bay Watershed’s fundamental role in the region’s economic vitality.

“Thousands of Delawareans and millions across our region depend on a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay. Slashing the funding that allows the EPA to maintain this environmental and economic resource is short-sighted and irresponsible,” Carper said. “It’s critical that we keep fighting to protect the Chesapeake Bay so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy it the same way we have for generations.”

“We are blessed in Delaware with lands and waterways that are a source of pride, including the Nanticoke River,” Coons said. “The Chesapeake Bay supports the livelihoods of millions across our region, and our state agencies and landowners rely on this funding to ensure that we can continue to be careful stewards of the bay. I will keep fighting to ensure that we can continue to preserve the health of this vital resource.”

The full text of the letter can be found at bit.ly/2mVaqkM.