Proposed FY18 Budget Cuts 100% of Funding for Chesapeake Bay

On March 16, 2017 the Trump administration released their budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which recommends that the entire $73 million budget for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program be eliminated and shutdown. This would stop the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay in its tracks and undo the tremendous progress we have made to date. The budget also includes massive spending cuts for programs related to clean air and water, environment justice, climate change, and other vital programs that protect our environment.

President Trump's budget request for Fiscal Year 2018 included massive spending cuts for programs related to clean air and water, environmental justice, climate change, and other vital programs that protect our environment.  For a more detailed list of budget cuts click here.

We are extremely disappointed to learn that years of hard work ensuring clean drinking water for Virginians, a healthy Rappahannock River, and Chesapeake Bay for all could rapidly fall behind due to these careless and draconian cuts. We look to members of Congress to stand up for the Chesapeake Bay and deny the President’s harmful request.  -Photo by National Parks Service-

  • The President's budget request zeroes out the critical funding that local, state, and nonprofit groups in Virginia depend on for Chesapeake Bay cleanup. These cuts show that the Trump administration is out of step with Virginians, including a bi-partisan group of elected officials who have called on full funding for the Chesapeake Bay.
     
  • Years of hard work ensuring clean drinking water for Virginians and a healthy Bay for all could rapidly fall behind due to these careless and destructive cuts.
     
  • The Chesapeake Bay watershed is made up of a network of hundreds of thousands of rivers and streams that span over 64,000 square miles, and are important sources of recreation, food, and drinking water for millions of people.
     
  • Thousands of members of the tourism and fishing industry depend on the Chesapeake Bay to provide for their families, with the Bay's economic worth estimated at over $1 trillion.
     
  • The Rappahannock River Waterhsed has received over half a million dollars from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Grant Program alone in the last year to reduce pollution, improve fisheries, and increase environmental outreach and education programs.
     
  • Earlier this year, Virginia House members in the Chesapeake Bay watershed sent a letter to the President requesting his 2018 Budget request contain full funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program — $73 million. This letter came from a bi-partisan group of elected officials, including all four Virginia Democrats in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and three Virginia Republicans including Rob Wittman who represents the Rappahannock River watershed.

We are asking all FOR members, supporters, river lovers, and Virginians, to reach out to their congressmen and women to ask for full funding of $73 million for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and to not accept the proposed cuts offered by the President.

Virginia’s Congressional members to contact:

Robert Whittman: (202) 225-4261  Congressman Wittman has signed a letter to the administration asking for $73 million to be included in the budget.

Scott Taylor: 202-225-4215

Bobby Scott: (202) 225-8351

Donald McEachin: 202-225-6365

Thomas Garrett: 202-225-4711

Bob Goodlatte: (202) 225-5431

Dave Brat: (202) 225-2815

Donald Breyer: (202) 225-4376

Morgan Griffith: (202) 225-3861

Barbara Comstock: (202) 225-5136

Gerald Connolly: (202) 225-1492

 

If you have any questions please call our office at 540-373-3448.

For additional information about the budget cuts and what it means for coastal communities and specific programs, click here