Anna Aurilio, director of Environment America’s Washington, D.C. office, issued the following statement in response to President Obama releasing his annual budget proposal:
“We are thankful the president’s budget fulfills last year’s promise to fully fund our nation’s premier conservation fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, giving our parks and public lands the critical protection they need from development and pollution.
“The president’s budget also takes an important step in keeping our parks open to the public and protected this summer while investing in the National Parks Centennial Initiative. Last summer, years of budget cuts forced places like Yosemite National Park and the Florida Everglades to reduce staff, close campgrounds, and shorten the tourist season.
“We are also thankful that the president has reiterated his commitment to tackle global warming in his budget by providing the additional resources needed to implement his Climate Action Plan as well as providing increased resources to enforce laws to protect our air and water.
“However, we are very disappointed in the deep cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and the Great Lakes restoration efforts, which will restrict our ability to protect our waterways and our communities from sewage overflow and runoff pollution.”
See more information on Aurillio's analysis here.