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NO EPA? NO WAY!

Hi <<First Name>>, recent and forthcoming national policy and budgetary decisions could have significant impacts on the health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, so we are devoting this update to news and actions needed on the EPA.

Our environmental protections are under attack: Comment period closes May 15!

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the repeal, replacement, or modification of existing regulations. Executive Order 13771 calls for the repeal of two existing regulations for every one new proposed regulation, and requires that all new regulations for this year cost $0 to implement. Almost 50,000 comments have been received so far, overwhelmingly in support of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other foundations of our environmental protections for the past 45 years.

Bay and Delta residents need these protections for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the beautiful place we live. Tell the EPA why these protections are important to you before 11:59pm ET on May 15. The complete rule is here.
 
Submit your Comment here!

EPA's 2018 Budget in Peril

Congress recently passed the omnibus bill that preserves current funding for the EPA, including geographic programs that provide millions of dollars of funding for the San Francisco Bay. But the threat of reducing the EPA's FY 2018 budget by 31% or more remains, and the Bay-Delta Estuary could lose an important source of grant funding for urban greening and resilience projects in disadvantaged communities, sea level rise adaptation, and more, in addition to losing funding for the National Estuary Program in the San Francisco Estuary.

Contact your Congressmember or Senator »

Members Dismissed from EPA Scientific Review Board

At least 5 members of the 18-member Board of Scientific Counselors have been dismissed. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that he will consider replacing these academic researchers with industry representatives, in a move widely seen as part of the efforts to downgrade science and push a deregulation agenda. These actions go against decades of successful science-driven restoration projects and programs that have improved the health of the San Francisco Bay and Delta.

Read more from the New York Times here »

Stay tuned for updates on state and regional plans and policies that affect the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary!
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