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US reps ask Trump to back Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is already dismantling seven decades of American policy by pulling back from established trade agreements, such as the TPP, and questioning longstanding global alliances. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Less than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump is already dismantling seven decades of American policy by pulling back from established trade agreements, such as the TPP, and questioning longstanding global alliances. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Virginia’s congressional delegation is asking President Donald Trump to support the regional partnership that has coordinated the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for decades.

Seven of the state’s U.S. representatives joined 10 others in signing a letter last week asking Trump to include $73 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program in his budget request for the next fiscal year.

The EPA-managed regional partnership has coordinated the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed since 1983. Virginia is a member, along with Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The letter says that while important progress has been made in cleaning up the bay, continued collaboration and federal funding are essential to keeping it up.

 

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