Chesapeake Bay

As a co-chair of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, 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

December 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby Scott (VA-03), the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, released the following statement in response to the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Omnibus spending package and coronavirus relief proposal. “Today, the House passed a bold spending package and coronavirus relief bill that reflects the priorities of House Democrats: Advancing equity in education, supporting America’s workers, and expanding access to affordable health care.
December 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on passage in the House of Representatives of S. 1811, the Water Resources Development Act of 2020: “I am pleased that the Norfolk Coastal Storm Risk Management project has been authorized in this year’s bipartisan Water Resources Development Act. This is a project that I have been fighting for over the last several years. The City of Norfolk is at a high risk for flooding due to high tides, nor’easters and hurricanes, and this risk has only been exacerbated by rising sea levels and land subsidence. Norfolk and other communities in Hampton Roads have risen to the challenge and invested in our community to ensure that we can continue to live with the water that surrounds us and supports our region. Norfolk is home to the Port of Virginia and the world’s largest naval base and protecting the city from recurrent flooding is extraordinarily important both for our national security and the Commonwealth’s economy.
November 2, 2020 Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act into law. “I am pleased that, after passing the Senate and the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support, that Chesapeake WILD Act, a bill I introduced is now law. The Chesapeake WILD Act passed as part of the broader ACE Act, which is a historic and much needed investment in conservation efforts.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.) and Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) today led the U.S. House of Representatives in passing the America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a bill that includes several provisions to help boost conservation and cleanup efforts across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
July 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7608, an appropriations package that includes four FY 2021 spending bills: State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. “Today the House passed a spending package that rejects harmful cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget and will bolster our national security, strengthen working families, invest in medical care for our veterans and protect the environment.
February 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott delivered the following testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Waters Resources and Environment about programs he would like to see included in the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 - authorization legislation for programs operated and projects completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
January 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by supporting ongoing work at the local, state and federal levels to boost Bay health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award environmental education grants to better connect students to the Bay.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1158 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 and House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1865 – Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020: “These spending bills mark a bipartisan compromise and will help us avoid a harmful government shutdown. The funding approved in this legislation will meaningfully improve the lives of students, workers, and families across Virginia as well as the nation.”
October 31, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC –TODAY, Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rob Wittman (VA-01), and John Sarbanes (MD-03), all co-chairs of the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Task Force, introduced bipartisan legislation to provide more resources to Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts. The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act will create a new grant program to assist local entities with their work on the ground restoring and protecting fish and wildlife habitats throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
October 29, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the passing of former Governor Gerald L. Baliles: “I was saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and our former governor, Gerald Baliles. As the Commonwealth’s 65th governor, Jerry governed with a calm, yet passionate demeanor that allowed him to secure historic investments in transportation, education and the clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay.