The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3139) was introduced in the House by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). The bill would extend through FY 18 the program, which supports more than 170 sites along the Chesapeake Bay.
The bill became available online on Friday, Sept. 21. You can read it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.3139: and find Sarbanes' statement on it at http://www.sarbanes.house.gov/release_details.asp?id=441.
The National Park Service (NPS) operates the program, which started in 2000. Sarbanes' bill would make no changes to the program. The program provides grants to interpret for visitors, protect and preserve waterways and trails.
The legislation was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources. It picked up 10 cosponsors, all from Maryland and Virginia, representing both parties.
Similar legislation has been pending since May before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works with no action. The bill also failed to clear the last Congress. See stories linked to below for background.