Tell Governor Hochul: Don't cut clean water infrastructure and Hudson River funding

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Photo: Angus McIntyre

Governor Hochul’s proposed Executive Budget for New York State contains worrying cuts to environmental funding and environmental law enforcement that the Hudson River and its communities depend on.
 
The Governor is proposing to cut Clean Water Infrastructure funding in half from $500 million annually to only $250 million, shuffle $25 million of Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) funds towards agency staffing, cut Hudson River Estuary Program funding by $250,000, and reduce environmental enforcement funding for the DEC by $3.14 million for FY 2025.


These cuts mean fewer investments in replacing aging water pipes and wastewater treatment plants, a diminished ability to address harmful algal blooms that deplete oxygen in the water and kill fish, fewer communities accessing grants for drinking water protection projects, a reduction in hands-on classroom programs through the Hudson River Estuary Program, and fewer funds to enforce our environmental laws on the ground.

New York must commit to at least a $600 million investment in the Clean Water Infrastructure Act and oppose any funding raids or cuts to the EPF, Hudson River Estuary Program, and our environmental law enforcement.

Urge your elected officials to safeguard these important sources of funding.



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