Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards Appointed Vice Chairwoman of the Water Resources Subcommittee

From the Office of Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D | 11/9/2009, 11:19 p.m.

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) has been appointed today to the position of Vice Chairwoman for the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. In just a year and a half, Rep. Edwards has established herself as a proven leader on water resource issues in Maryland and across the country.

She fought to include significant funding for infrastructure projects to enhance water quality, as well as, weatherization grants for struggling families looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. In Maryland, she is a staunch advocate for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Rep. Edwards also supported efforts to increase €green€ technology activities to be eligible to control stormwater runoff and to increase the reauthorization for such projects.
€I am honored to receive this appointment and thank Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) and Subcommittee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) for this opportunity,€ said Rep. Edwards. €It is a privilege to serve on this subcommittee and on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to help promote water resources and infrastructure investments that promote economic development, new jobs, and environmental stewardship.

I look forward to serving in this leadership position to help provide real solutions to our energy and water quality needs with further investments in new technologies, scientific research, and conservation efforts.€

€In her relatively short time on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congresswoman Edwards has distinguished herself as one of the Committee€s rising stars,€ said Chairman Oberstar. €Her attention to detail and probing questions at Committee hearings are evidence of her hard work and perseverance. I am proud to name her Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.€

€Congresswoman Edwards has quickly established herself as a true advocate for issues related to water and the environment,€ said Subcommittee Chairwoman Johnson. €I congratulate her appointment as Vice Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and look forward to continue working together on these critically important issues.€

Listed below are appropriations requests Rep. Edwards helped secure related to water resources.

Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery (MD & VA)
o $2,000,000
o Description: The funding will continue the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program. Activities include construction of oyster bars and reefs, rehabilitation of existing marginal habitat, and construction of oyster hatcheries. This work is critically needed as the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership works toward achieving its goal of a tenfold increase in native oysters by 2010.

Army Corps of Engineers - Northwest Branch, Anacostia River, MD
o Description: The funding will go toward the construction of stream restoration projects in Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River watershed in accordance with Project Cost Share Agreement between the Corps of Engineers and Montgomery County, MD. The project will reduce stream bank erosion, which reduces the loss of trees along the stream. This will improve water quality and protect existing infrastructure, such as sanitary sewer lines from stream erosion damage which prevents pollution from sewer links.

Army Corps of Engineers - Paint Branch Fish Passage, MD
o Description: The funding will address priorities for restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and will complete the construction phase of this project so that post-construction biological monitoring can begin.

Army Corps of Engineers Investigations - Anacostia River and Tributaries
o $321,000
o Description: The funding will be used to develop a comprehensive restoration plan. The restorations plan will be prepared to protect and restore aquatic resources in the watershed.

Army Corps of Engineers Investigations - Middle Potomac River, Great Seneca/Muddy Branch, MD
o $301,000
o Description: The funding will be used for a watershed feasibility study to identify degraded stream conditions in Great Seneca Creek and Muddy Branch and the feasibility of corrective solutions. The study would identify problem areas, including unstable and eroding stream banks, poor fish habitat, and poor stream buffer conditions.