(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) today issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell in response to Governor Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal:
"The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is pleased that Governor Corbett's budget proposal emphasizes investments in clean water and a healthy environment by ensuring that important conservation programs continue to be fully funded. Currently there are roughly 19,000 miles of rivers and streams that fail to meet clean water standards. And while notable progress has been made, we can and must do better. Continued investment in the conservation programs that improve water quality is critical, and will create jobs and stimulate local economies.
"Funding for one such program, Growing Greener, remains intact. Growing Greener grants are needed for on-the-ground efforts to help achieve the Chesapeake Bay Blueprint and to reduce pollution in our local rivers and streams.
"The Growing Greener program has played a vital role in improving water quality in the Commonwealth for well over a decade now. The importance of this funding source cannot be over-stated, and the clean water successes that have resulted from the program are to be celebrated.
"Additionally, we are optimistic to see that the Governor proposes an increase of $31.8 million into funding for the Department of Environmental Protection management programs.
"CBF will, over the next few months be working with the Governor and legislature to ensure that the Commonwealth continues to make the needed investments in local rivers and streams, and in conservation programs. Reducing pollution and restoring water quality will provide benefits today, and is an important legacy to leave for future generations."