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Congressman Bobby Scott

Representing the 3rd District of Virginia

Chesapeake Bay

As a co-chair of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, Congressman Scott believes the Chesapeake Bay is one America's greatest treasures and that it is vital that we protect and preserve the Bay for future generations. During his time in the Virginia House of Delegates, Congressman Scott was a member of the joint Virginia-Maryland legislative task force that first recommended creation of a multi-state commission to address Bay issues. This recommendation led to the creation of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, which brings together federal agencies and local governments to find the most effective ways to protect and preserve the Bay.Scott looks over the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is a commercial and recreational resource for millions of Virginians, as well as visitors and tourists and is a significant economic driver in the region. Many generations of Virginians have used the Bay generations for recreation, agriculture, industry and navigation, and Congressman Scott is committed to preserving and protecting the Bay to keep it available for generations to come.

In order to accomplish to protect and preserve the Bay, Congressman Scott supports strong funding for programs such as the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative, put in place by the 2008 Farm Bill to provide targeted assistance to States and producers needed to meet water quality goals, while maintaining accountability on these programs to taxpayers.

Congressman Scott also opposes drilling off Virginia's coast because of its potential harmful environmental impact to our coastline and the Bay. He believes that offshore drilling will put at risk all the gains we have made in conserving and restoring the Bay. 

More on Chesapeake Bay

May 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott will introduce the Building Up Infrastructure and Limiting Disasters through Resilience (BUILD Resilience) Act, a bill to establish a competitive grant program for resilient infrastructure investment. This legislation will bolster the ability of regions like Hampton Roads to implement projects and strategies to reduce regional vulnerability to threats like sea level rise and recurrent flooding. With a range from 1 ½ to 7 feet of sea level rise projected by the year 2100, the Hampton Roads region is the second largest population center at risk from sea level rise in the nation, behind only New Orleans. Analyses by the Congressional Budget Office and the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences estimate that every $1 invested in resilient infrastructure upfront saves $3 to $4 in future losses on the back-end after a major disaster strikes.
April 21, 2017 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Tuesday April 25, 2017, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) will meet with the Elizabeth River Project to discuss the impact of President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program and other federal programs designed to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay and encourage environmental literacy. Congressman Scott will take a river tour to see federally funded restoration efforts on the Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River, including an oyster reef, NOAA funded Learning Barge field trips, and Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development funded projects of the Harbor Park and Chesterfield shorelines. Programs that fund these projects have been targeted for significant cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018. If enacted, these cuts will jeopardize the work that has already been done to restore the Elizabeth River and other Chesapeake Bay tributaries.
April 5, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and David Joyce (R-OH) led a bipartisan letter urging President Trump not to eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. The letter, signed by 31 other Members of Congress, urged the President to reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for the Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other major bodies of water. The members wrote in the letter sent yesterday: “Collectively, the EPA’s Geographic Program funds have been used by state, local, and tribal governments to implement thousands of on-the-ground projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitats, enhance fish and shellfish populations, and combat invasive species. Although every region has shown significant improvement as the result of these investments, there is still a great deal of work to do.”
March 28, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order that would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, undo key components of the Climate Action Plan, and make it more difficult for the Federal Government to prepare for the effects of climate change: “After submitting a budget that deeply cuts the Environmental Protection Agency and zeros out funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, this latest action by the Trump Administration will further harm Virginians and our environment. In Hampton Roads, we have already seen the signs of changing climate through extreme weather, recurrent flooding, and higher than average temperatures. President Trump’s anti-environment executive order will make it more difficult for our community to respond to these challenges and mitigate the effects of climate change.
March 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) submitted the following testimony to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development highlighting the need to fund certain programs that will directly impact the 3rd Congressional District of Virginia. “Good morning, and thank you Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Kaptur, and Members of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development for allowing me this time to discuss some of the priorities I believe should be reflected in the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
March 15, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s proposed plan to protect the southern Atlantic coast from offshore drilling: “I applaud the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for carefully considering whether or not to allow oil and gas development off the southern Atlantic Coast. This revised proposal for the nation’s oil and gas leasing program appropriately responded to input from local leaders, businesses, the Department of Defense, environmental stakeholders, and many others.
February 3, 2016 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Congressmen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) urged the Obama Administration to strongly support agricultural conservation programs to ensure a clean Chesapeake Bay in its FY 2017 budget. To increase the economic benefits from the lands and waters throughout the Bay’s watershed, states are working to achieve the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, but progress is in jeopardy if programs are not sufficiently funded. “Great progress has been made in the last six years… Unfortunately, recent program reviews conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Program reveal that in particular geographies, we are not on track to meet the goals of the Blueprint,” the Members wrote in a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan. “All that has been accomplished, and all that stands to be accomplished, will be threatened if our rural areas cannot receive the support and assistance they need at this critical time.”
July 8, 2015 Floor Statements
Mr. SCOTT of Virginia. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the amendment offered by my colleague that would, in essence, prohibit the EPA from spending any funds to ensure that states fulfill their obligations under the Clean Water Act to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. If passed into law, this amendment would endanger the progress we have made in restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and would put in jeopardy not only the Chesapeake Bay itself, but also critical economic contributions that the Bay provides. When I was in the Virginia House of Delegates, I was part of a joint Virginia-Maryland legislative task force that first recommended the creation of a multi-state commission to address Bay issues.
July 19, 2014 In The News
Coastal Virginians don’t need us to educate them about sea-level rise and recurrent flooding. They see with their own eyes how often severe flooding occurs in their region and they know that the number and intensity of these floods has increased when comparing past decades to today. That’s why they are coming together in a bipartisan, locally driven effort to work on this issue as a unified Hampton Roads community. And that’s why we, as bipartisan members of Virginia’s congressional delegation, are part of that effort. Like the constituents we represent, we have different views on many national issues. But we are Virginians first, and our constituents have the right to expect us to find common ground on issues of importance to Virginia.
June 21, 2014 In The News

Yes, it's another forum on sea level rise. But, this time, the organizer is a U.S. senator.

That could be a good sign for regional efforts to attract federal attention - and money - for solving what might be Hampton Roads' trickiest problem.

A combination of rising water and sinking land make the region one of the most vulnerable areas in the country to sea level rise.