Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Budget threat

Trump proposal: Slash Puget Sound cleanup funds 93%

WhiteHouse.gov

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A draft Trump administration plan, proposing deep cuts in the EPA, would slash the budget for Puget Sound cleanup by an astounding 93 percent. During the current fiscal year, the EPA will have spent $28 million on restoration and monitoring of the Sound. The spending has been driven by a longtime bipartisan goal on putting Puget Sound at the same priority cleanup level as Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, and the Great Lakes. The Trump EPA proposal would cut that spending to $2 million.

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Ore. programs in crosshairs of Trump's EPA cuts

The Oregonian

Federal programs that have been responsible for keeping swimmers out of polluted water in Oregon would be eliminated under sweeping cuts to environmental programs proposed by the Trump administration. Richard Whitman, director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, said he is concerned about cuts impacting the pace of the Portland Harbor superfund cleanup, which is reliant on EPA staffing.

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Idaho Senate committee OKs watering rights bill

Capital Press

A bill that would codify in Idaho law a landmark court ruling on who owns stock watering rights on federally administered land has been approved by the Senate Resources and Environment Committee. The committee voted unanimously to send the bill to the Senate floor with a “do-pass” recommendation following impassioned testimony by the two Owyhee County ranchers.

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