ST. MARYS COUNTY - Congressman Steny Hoyer today joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State of Maryland to begin seeding 10 million oysters in a newly established oyster sanctuary. This restoration effort is one of several projects that address natural resource injuries from the April 2000 oil spill into the Patuxent River in southern Maryland. Following are Congressman Hoyers remarks as prepared for delivery.________________________________________________________________________
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.