Water Resources Coalition calls 2009 budget inadequate

The Water Resources Coalition expressed disappointment in President Bush's budget proposal for the 2009 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program. The WRC says the FY 2009 proposed budget of $4.74 billion demonstrates a failure to invest in the nation's water resources infrastructure, and it represents an additional $800 million cut over what was enacted by Congress for the Corps in FY 2008. The Bureau of Reclamation received only $968 million -- $183 million less than FY 2008...

• Disappointed with the President's proposal, coalition calls on Congress to bridge the infrastructure investment gap

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2008 -- The Water Resources Coalition today expressed extreme disappointment in President Bush's budget proposal for the 2009 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Program. The fiscal year 2009 proposed budget of $4.74 billion demonstrates a failure to invest in the nation's water resources infrastructure, and it represents an additional $800 million cut over what was enacted by Congress for the Corps in fiscal year 2008. The Bureau of Reclamation fared no better, receiving only $968 million -- $183 million less than fiscal year 2008.

"The Coalition is especially dissatisfied with the cuts proposed for the civil works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and numerous other programs that address our nation's water resources infrastructure," declared Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. "While there is real concern about fiscal restraint, this budget does not address our nation's long-term needs."

"This final budget prepared by the Administration offers more of the same -- minimal investment in infrastructure," said Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE, CAE, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. "When Congress overrode the president's veto of the Water Resources Development Act it made a commitment to investing in our nation's water resources. Now is the time to live up to that commitment and take action."

"The President's budget tells the American people that our water resources infrastructure is simply not a priority for this administration," said Mayor Harry Simmons, president of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

"We look forward to working with the Congress to support filling this serious investment gap in our nation's economy and safety," offered American Public Works Association executive director Peter B. King.

The Water Resources Coalition was established in 2007 to promote the development, implementation and funding of a comprehensive national water resources policy.

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Also see:
-- Information on the President's proposed USGS FY 2009 budget"
-- "Mich. could lose in Bush budget plan"
-- "Ohio Sen. Brown touts federal funding fix for Ohio's aging water, sewer lines"
-- "EPA's FY 2009 budget focuses on next phase of environmental progress"
-- "President's FY 2009 budget proposal includes $968M for USGS"

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