By AYLIN Y. WOODWARD | firstname.lastname@example.org |
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm | UPDATED: March 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm
President Donald Trump plans to slash the Environmental Protection Agency workforce by almost 3,000 employees and its budget by $2 billion in 2018, according to a preliminary plan obtained by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies yesterday. The outline, revealed Wednesday, may spell bad news for the Bay Area, calling for the total elimination of the EPAís San Francisco Bay Program. The programís current budget of $4.8 million would drop to zero.
This funding goes to restoring wetland habitat, enforcing EPA regulations on water pollution and sewage treatment plans, and improving shoreline protection in SF Bay, to name a few.
ďWe need more money from the federal government, not less,Ē said David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, restoring and celebrating San Francisco Bay.
The Bay areaís budget is already far below that of other estuary regions like the Chesapeake Bay or Puget Sound, which sit at $73 million and $28 million respectively. ďThe Bay starts off at a big disadvantage in federal funding even though we have the highest demonstrated need,Ē Lewis confirmed.
Trump's EPA budget proposal: Zero dollars for Bay Area program