February 13, 2012
CBF Issues Statement
on Obama Budget Released Today
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Doug Siglin, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Federal Affairs Director, issued this statement concerning President Obama's budget, which was released today.
"President Obama underscored his commitment to restoring the Chesapeake Bay by proposing a $15 million increase in funding for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program in his budget proposal released today. That funding will help EPA and state and local governments implement the plans they are preparing to reduce pollution and restore the Bay by 2025.
"While welcoming that additional funding, we are concerned by cuts in EPA's State Revolving Fund (SRF) as well as cuts to USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The SRF provides critical assistance to states and local jurisdictions to reduce pollution from sewage treatment plants and urban and suburban runoff, both critical components of the state plans to achieve the pollution limits. The NRCS Conservation Service provides technical assistance to farmers to reduce agricultural pollution.
"We are halfway toward the goal of achieving the pollution limits necessary to restore the Chesapeake Bay by 2025. Everyone will have to do more and critical federal funding will be needed if we are going to be successful. Reducing pollution will create jobs and benefit local economies. CBF remains committed to working with Senators and Representatives from across the region to ensure that the federal government does its fair share to reduce pollution and restore this national treasure."