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« on: March 03, 2017, 08:55:13 AM »

According to an article on the front page of today's Washington Post, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is proposing to cut funding in support of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.
The OMB proposal reduces funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program from about $73 million annually to $5 million (a little more than 93 percent) in the next fiscal year. EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program coordinates science, research, and modeling as well as grants to state and local governments to help reduce pollution.
The Washington Post report is very concerning. Drastically reducing funding for the successful Bay cleanup begun in 1983 by then-President Ronald Reagan does not square with President Trump's remarks to Congress and the country about clean water.
Bay restoration efforts are working. There is measurable progress in restoring local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. Our State of the Bay score was the highest it has ever been. Crabs and oysters are rebounding, the dead zone is getting smaller, and Bay grasses are at their highest level in decades.
The progress is the result of the federal and state partnership implementing the Clean Water Blueprint, as well as the work of citizens, businesses, and local governments all doing their share to reduce pollution.
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 02:38:06 AM »

I think that's the biggest of the proposed program cuts that I find most disturbing. I don't mind some of the other cuts, but to cut the EPA is crazy to me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 12:10:49 AM »

I agree totally Arti.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 04:16:58 PM »

The top ten proposed budget cuts (by percentage)

San Francisco Bay: $4.8 million in 2016 to zero in 2018 (-100%)

Great Lakes restoration: $300 million to $10 million (-97%)

Endocrine disruptors: $7.5 million to $445,000 (-94%)

Environmental education: $8.7 million to $555,000 (-94%)

Puget Sound: $28 million to $2 million (-93%)

Chesapeake Bay, Virginia: $73 million to $5 million (-93%)

U.S.-Mexico Border: $3 million to $275,000 (-91%)

Radon: $2.9 million to $505,000 (-83%)

Gulf of Mexico: $4.5 million to $1 million (-78%)

Environmental justice: $6.7 million to $1.5 million (-78%)

I guess we will have more money to buy more tanks that the army doesn't want.
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 08:55:22 PM »

  It may be that some agencies need to be shut down and restarted with new management to get rid of the corruption and "padded jobs" that are often thrown in by previous management.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2017, 10:27:45 AM »

  It may be that some agencies need to be shut down and restarted with new management to get rid of the corruption and "padded jobs" that are often thrown in by previous management.

Yea just like the Aff. Care Act. Let's see what that gets ya. Huh
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 11:08:55 AM »

Not to be a cynic, but I'd like to see where that $73 million was actually spent. I'm all for a clean Chesapeake, but we all know that most dollars spent by the Feds don't ever impact the project it was intended for. Those dollars mostly go toward excessive hiring of beaurocrats and funding their handsome pensions. I am willing to bet we the people have had more of an impact on the Chesapeake than those federal dollars.
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2017, 08:56:40 PM »

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/3/trump-donates-first-check-national-park-service/
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