Take Action: Say thank you for funding clean water!

The thousands of rivers and streams in our communities are part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and supply the Washington, D.C. metro region with a network of drinking water, food, jobs, and recreation for all 6 million of us. Unfortunately, the President’s proposed budget would eliminate the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, a vital source of funding and coordination for restoration efforts throughout our region. There is a ray of hope though: The entire Congressional delegation from the Washington, DC metro region supports full funding for the program. Please join Audubon Naturalist Society in thanking our elected officials for lending their public support for clean water!

Please look in the list below for your elected official’s names and call them via the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. All our local Members of Congress (meaning everyone in the list below) has publicly called for funding the Bay Program, so let’s thank them! After you call, please use the form at right to let us know how it went. You can use the script below when you call:

         “Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent who lives in _______ [town name]. As a member of Audubon Naturalist Society who cares about clean water and healthy communities in the Washington, DC metro region, I’m calling to thank you for supporting full and level funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program. The Chesapeake Bay watershed provides drinking water for every single one of our region’s residents. Thank you for standing up for our water, our land, our food, our jobs, and our Bay!”       


  • Senator Ben Cardin
  • Senator Chris Van Hollen
  • Representative John Sarbanes MD-3
  • Representative Anthony Brown MD-4
  • Representative Steny Hoyer MD-5
  • Representative John Delaney MD-6
  • Representative Jamie Raskin MD-8


  • Senator Tim Kaine
  • Senator Mark Warner
  • Representative Don Beyer VA-8
  • Representative Barbara Comstock VA-10
  • Representative Gerry Connolly VA-11
  • Representative Scott Taylor VA-2

Washington, DC

  • Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton

Not sure who your Member of Congress is? Look them up by zipcode by clicking here.

Is your Member of Congress not on the list above? See the letters sent by members of the House and Senate supporting Chesapeake Bay Program funding to see if your elected officials went on the record in support of this vital program.

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.
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