Wednesday, May 24, 2017

EPA in crosshairs

Trump's proposed budget cuts threaten Puget Sound

Copies of the FY2018 budget come off the production run at the Government Publishing Office on May 19, 2017. JIM LO SCALZO, European Pressphoto Agency

USA Today

Washington Post

The Trump administration budget released Tuesday slashes funding for the EPA by nearly one-third, imposing dramatic cuts to water programs. Dozens of programs would be eliminated, including $427 million in major regional programs that help decrease pollution in the Puget Sound. Adjusted for inflation, the proposed spending plan for the EPA would represent the nation's lowest funding for environmental protection since the mid-1970s.


Portland voters OK bond to fix school lead issues

Associated Press & The Oregonian

Portland voters approved the largest school bond in Oregon's history, which would raise taxes to address high levels of lead in drinking water at nearly every school. The bond is part of a yearslong strategy of measures to modernize all 90-plus of its school buildings, which are on average roughly 70 years old. District officials earmarked $28 million to ensure clean, lead-free drinking water in schools.


Idaho Supreme Court may settle water debate

Capital Press

The Idaho Supreme Court could decide this year how Boise River system reservoir water released to prevent flooding should be accounted for. Treasure Valley irrigators say water released for flood control purposes should not be counted against their reservoir storage rights. The Idaho State Department of Water Resources says it should and the two sides have fought over the issue for years.