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February 15, 2012

The water program appears to be the less fortunate kid of the Federal Government.

President Obama spoke to students at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., on Monday, the day he submitted his fiscal year 2013 budget to Congress.








In his fiscal year 2013 budget request , released yesterday, the President leaned toward the clean-energy goals he has promoted while in office and along his initial campaign trail.

Sadly, the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),  the headline agency for water, would fall by 1.2 percent, mostly through cuts to a loan program for water and sewer infrastructure and to Superfund allocations. To read on department-by-department details on water and energy funding, with the change in the department’s total budget, please click here.

In a conference call with reporters, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the agency was “looking for the best return on investment” when deciding which programs would see cuts.

Ultimately, the final budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins October 1, will likely bear pale resemblance to the president’s request, since Congress has yet to weigh in. As was evident in the budget battles last year, the legislative branch, especially the Republican-led House, will be hard-pressed to agree to any plan from the president.

A leaking water supply pipeline









Its disappointing that President Obama’s proposed federal budget cuts funding for clean water and drinking water infrastructure [PDF] by about $350 million from what we ended up with last fiscal year. This infrastructure funding is critical to protect public health, and part of the overall budget for the Environmental Protection Agency, which was cut by $105 million.

The bright spot on infrastructure funding is that the President recognized the value of investing wisely and recommended continuing designated funding for green infrastructure and water and energy (WATERGY) efficiency and co-management.


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