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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 administration’s efforts appears to be directed at undermining the TMDL program by diverting needed attention and scarce resources away from the law’s established and enforceable to a voluntary and unproven "Watershed Initiative" effort.

CWN has developed a sample letter to submit comments to EPA telling them to use these resources to implement the Clean Water Act’s existing enforceable programs. The Federal Register notice announcing the Initiative and requesting comments is available at (click on Federal Register Notice). You can submit comments electronically by sending them as an ASCII or WordPerfect file to

For more information, or a copy of the sample comment letter, contact Eddie Scher at or 202-289-2395.


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