Environment

Congressman Hoyer strongly supports environmental standards that keep our land, air and water clean.

Congressman Hoyer strongly supports environmental safeguards that keep our land, air and water clean. He has supported every major environmental bill since he was elected to Congress.  Congressman Hoyer has secured millions of federal dollars to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent, Potomac, Anacostia, and St. Mary's Rivers, and to replenish the oyster population of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Fifth District is rightly proud of its parks and open green space, and Hoyer has supported them by securing federal funds to add 8,000 acres to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, expand Piscataway Park, and helped acquire 6,000 acres in Charles County for the Douglas Point Project.

Congressman Hoyer believes strongly in the environmental, economic and national security benefits of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and bolstering our clean energy economy.  He has supported legislation to improve energy efficiency to save families and businesses money, spur innovation and create good-paying jobs, lessen our reliance on foreign energy, and reduce the carbon pollution that causes global warming.

Appropriations Bill Has $400k for Anacostia

An effort by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to clean up the Anacostia River took a step forward last week when the House passed an appropriations bill that includes $400,000 designated for restoration efforts.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Announces $2 Million to Help Restore Bay's Oyster Population Island

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations bill which included $2 million for the Oyster Recovery Project, which is coordinating the revival of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. This is in addition to the more than $25 million in federal funding Hoyer has secured for the project to date.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Secures Funds to Clean Up Anacostia River

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) announced that the House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations bill which included, at the request of Congressman Hoyer, $400,000 to help clean up the Anacostia River.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Announces Federal Funds to Keep Baltimore Harbor Open for Business and Continue Restoration of Poplar Island

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the only member from Maryland, announced that the House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill which included $15.4 million for Baltimore Harbor maintenance dredging and $13.1 million for the Poplar Island Project.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Secures Funds for the Construction of Jetties at St. Jerome Creek

WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee and the only member from Maryland, announced that the House of Representatives today passed the Fiscal Year 2007 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill which included $100,000 for the construction of jetties at St Jerome Creek.________________________________________________________________________

Dredging clears St. Jerome Creek

After years of waiting for funding for the project, work began last week to deepen the channels of St. Jerome Creek in Ridge, as a crew of 20 men from North Carolina have been working there day and night.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Remembers Dr. Kenneth Tenore

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) entered the following statement into the Congressional Record in remembrance of Dr. Kenneth Tenore:________________________________________________________________________

The Energy Crisis: A Failure of Leadership

While driving the roads of Southern Maryland, you will inevitably notice the recent spike in gas prices. They are high and rising, squeezing the pocketbooks of the average Maryland family. This week families are paying $3.00 a gallon on average for regular gasoline -- double the cost when President Bush took office, and up nearly 70 cents a gallon in the last seven weeks.________________________________________________________________________

Easing of rules on ethanol called too little, too late

President George W. Bushs plan to suspend the introduction of ethanol-laced gasoline is too little, too late, said one petroleum industry official.________________________________________________________________________

Earth Day a Reminder to Invest in Our Environment

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, 25 million people joined around the country to demand a safer, cleaner and healthier world. The impact of that first Earth Day was astonishing. In rapid succession, and with large, bipartisan majorities, Congress passed the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Superfund Act.________________________________________________________________________