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Sowing the seeds of a Bay-friendly Economy: Wittman and Fox Testimonies yesterday at Chesapeake Bay Reauthorization Hearing

Yesterday, at the Chesapeake Bay Reathorization Hearing, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, amid impressive, heartfelt, bipartisan testimonies and commentaries of folks around the Bay, including Tom Perriello, Secretary Preston Bryant, and Gerry Connolly, were the words of Rob Wittman, and from EPA, Chuck Fox, sowing the seeds of a 21st century Bay-friendly economy:

Excerpt from Rob Wittman Testimony:

….Second, I would encourage the Committee to consider alternative options and incentives that doesn’t force “top-down” regulatory requirements. I recognize that we need both carrots and sticks to make complex environmental projects work. As a former small town mayor, I know that localities often struggle to meet state and federal mandates with inadequate financial and technical resources. We should continue to look for ways to create incentives and provide the resources for states and localities to meet Bay restoration goals.

Additionally, I believe we should encourage innovative and “out of the box” solutions to cleaning up the Bay. New technology and cutting edge research should be encouraged to meet the Bay’s pressing needs. For example, promising technology exists that could turn chicken litter into energy, and reduce one of the Bay’s pollutants. This is just one of the many technological innovations that could improve the Bay. In addition to technology, we should embrace other innovative solutions. In the Rappahannock River Basin a group of my constituents is developing a private sector led market place for environmentally friendly products that with help to protect and restore the Bay. I would encourage the committee to help localities and embrace technology and innovation to clean up the Bay…

Chuck Fox Testimony:

…Establishment of centerpiece projects in each of the Bay states to demonstrate benefits of significant and innovative conservation approaches to addressing key issues in the region; and Implementation of a targeted, collaborative initiative using USDA and EPA funds to support development of critically needed tools and technologies that can create new market and revenue streams that support the adoption of conservation measures

Video links along with complete versions of some of the testimonies are posted on the Sustainability Blackboard.

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