Conservationists Unite Against Cuts to Clean Air, Clean Water, and Wildlife

Hundred of citizens join forces to let their lawmakers know they did not vote for Congress to sacrifice our air, water and public lands

03-03-2011 // Mekell Mikell
Hill Rally

Wildlife champions from across the nation gathered on Capitol Hill to speak out against budget cuts to conservation programs in the Continuing Resolution. Members from the National Wildlife Federation, Teaming with Wildlife, Great Lakes Coalition, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Izaak Walton League of America, River Network, Choose Clean Water Coalition, and the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies all rallied in Washington, D.C. These organizations represent the interests of millions of Americans who want to protect clean air, clean water and wildlife.

H.R.1, the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed by the House of Representatives, zeros out funding for some bedrock environmental protection programs and dramatically cuts others.

Some of the programs that will be devastated by this legislation include:

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes restoration efforts funded by the federal government are cleaning up drinking water flowing to millions of homes and thousands of industries. 

  • CR funding level: $225 million
  • Amount cut: $250 million

State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program protects at risk animals from becoming endangered species by supporting non-regulatory, state-based conservation efforts.

  • CR funding level: $0
  • Amount cut: $90 million

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund acquires land and water for recreation and habitat conservation purposes as well as preserving historic battlefields and cultural sites and conserving working farms and ranches. 

  • CR Funding level: $59 million
  • Amount cut: $393 million

Clean air, public transportation, renewable energy, and agriculture programs are also facing big losses under the continuing resolution. These drastic budget cuts will impact conservation efforts in every state and U.S. territory.

Representatives Jim Moran (VA-08), Rush Holt (NJ-12), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-07) and John Sarbanes (MD-03) joined with these conservation groups for a press conference in on the Hill Triangle. The congressmen urged their colleagues and voters to preserve our natural resources and outdoor heritage for current and future generations.


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