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Trump Budget Cuts Funding for EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WBOC)- President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades.
    
The president's spending plan for the 2018 budget year, released Thursday, significantly reduces funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. As part of those cuts, it completely eliminates money that currently goes to regional environmental efforts including the Chesapeake Bay Program.
    
Last year, the program received $73 million in federal funds, most of which was doled out in grants to states, local governments and community groups for cleanup efforts.
    
Lawmakers will have the final say on Trump's proposal. A bipartisan group of the states' congressional delegations have expressed support for the program.

Environmental groups like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation have already expressed concerns about the bay cleanup efforts after the Washington Post earlier this month published an article about the president's proposed budget cuts.

"The proposed reduction in federal investment in Chesapeake Bay would reverse restoration successes," said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in early March. "The EPA role in the cleanup of the Chesapeake is nothing less than fundamental. It's not just important, it's critical."

The Chesapeake Bay watershed spans parts of Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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