Groups: The Trump administration is putting America’s water resources more at risk than they have been in a generation

May 25, 2017 Contacts: Michael Kelly, Clean Water Action: 202-393-5449, mkelly@cleanwater.org Amy Kober, American Rivers:  503-708-1145, akober@americanrivers.org Rob Friedlander, Earthjustice:  202-797-5249, rfriedlander@earthjustice.org John Rumpler, Environment America:  617 747-4306, jrumpler@environmentamerica.org Milly Hawk Daniel, PolicyLink: 212-502-6492, mdaniel@policylink.org Trey Pollard, Sierra Club: 202- 495-3058, trey.pollard@sierraclub.org Washington, DC – Just before the second anniversary of the Obama administration’s most significant water pollution control initiative – the adoption of the Clean Water Rule – the Trump administration’s assault on public safeguards put America’s water resources more at risk than they have been in well over a generation, according to environmental, conservation, equity-focused, and community organizations. The groups marked the anniversary of the Clean Water Rule and contrasted that achievement with the Trump Administration’s planned rollback of vital protections for water and health and its proposed budget cuts to important clean water programs. They noted that the Trump administration is wildly out of step with the public, pointing out that recent polls show that concern about drinking water is as high as it has ever been and the Americans want environmental protection to be prioritized. “When it comes to the environment, everything President Trump has done in his first four months in office has been focused on one thing – putting polluters’ interests before public health and clean water. Repealing the Clean Water Rule and the cuts in the budget are part of this assault, said Bob Wendelgass, President and CEO of Clean Water Action. “We don’t get clean water by gutting protections for streams and wetlands. We can’t support small businesses by putting the infrastructure they rely on at risk of destruction. We won’t protect public health...

What They are Saying About the President’s “Fat” Budget Proposal

Wherein Environmental, Conservation, and Community Groups comment on President Trumps FY 2018 Budget Proposal Clean Water Action Irresponsible and Destructive Washington, DC – Today the White House released President Trump’s full budget proposal for FY 2018. The full budget proposal is similar to the outline released in March. This proposal reduces the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31.4%, which will severely hamper the agency’s ability to protect clean water and public health or enforce landmark laws like the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. Members of Congress declared the budget outline in March “dead on arrival” and condemned the draconian cuts to programs that help states and cities clean up vital estuaries like Chesapeake Bay, waters like the Great Lakes, and more. Clean Water Action President Bob Wendelgass released the following statement in response. “After near universal condemnation of the reckless ‘skinny’ budget outline in March, the President doubled down on a terrible and mean budget that eviscerates the safety net and guts the programs we rely on to protect clean water and public health. Despite all his talk about improving infrastructure, the budget undermines drinking water programs by slashing programs that protect source water and gutting funding for pollution control and enforcement activities. The only people who benefit from this proposal are the wealthy, whose taxes will be lowered on the backs of the poor and sick, and corporate polluters who will be able to act with impunity, putting profits before public health and clean water.” “The only responsible thing for Congress to do is reject this budget. But that doesn’t get them off the hook. Congress can’t...