Federal Budget Deal Strips Protection from Water, Wild Lands, Wolves


WASHINGTON, DC, April 12, 2011 (ENS) - Conservationists are angered and disappointed by the deal struck between Congress and the Obama administration to authorize the federal budget for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year. Protection for clean water, for wild lands, and for endangered wolves will be lost if the deal is enacted as it now stands.

The continuing budget resolution that keeps the federal government in business through September goes to a vote this week.

Water quality programs under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency account for about 2.6 percent of cuts to the federal budget under the continuing resolution.

"The latest agreement between Congressional leaders and President Obama decimates water protections," said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of the nonprofit Food and Water Watch.

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