EPA diverting funds away from TMDLs
From Clean Water Network
The Bush administration is asking Congress
for $21 million for a new "Watershed Initiative"
program that has not been authorized by Congress and remains
poorly defined by EPA.
The stated goal of the Bush proposal
is to fund local watershed cleanup programs
;but it ignores the fact that the Clean Water Act already
has a watershed clean up program the Total Maximum Daily
Load (TMDL) program. The
Bush administrations efforts appears to be directed
at undermining the TMDL program by diverting needed attention
and scarce resources away from the laws established
and enforceable to a voluntary and unproven "Watershed
CWN has developed a sample letter to
submit comments to EPA telling them to
use these resources to implement the Clean Water Acts
existing enforceable programs.
The Federal Register notice announcing the Initiative
and requesting comments is available at www.epa.gov/owow/watershed/initiativefs.html
(click on Federal Register Notice).
You can submit comments electronically by sending
them as an ASCII or WordPerfect file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, or a copy of the
sample comment letter, contact Eddie Scher at email@example.com