March 17 // Trump proposes complete defunding of Chesapeake Bay Program

President Donald Trump has proposed to drain the Chesapeake Bay Program in his budget — released Thursday — with a requested funding cut from $73 million to $0. The Annapolis-based program started under President Ronald Reagan in 1983 as a bipartisan effort to bring together federal and state governments on bay restoration initiatives. The program uses some of its funding for grants, with Maryland receiving about $9 million in fiscal year 2016. The money has led to programs designed to improve bay health, bolster crab and oyster populations, improve water quality and reduce oxygen-deficient water that suffocates aquatic wildlife. (Capital)

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