The President’s request includes cuts and rollbacks to many environmental priorities such as energy efficiency and renewable energy, while increasing funding for fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
The Department of the Interior is requesting an FY09 budget of $10.7 billion that includes a $21.3 million initiative called Water for America to help communities meet increasing demands on limited water supplies. The Interior’s request includes cuts to water sampling and endangered species funds while boosting the budget for oil and gas drilling on public lands.
For information on FY09 funding priorities for rivers please see the FY09 River Budget. Both the House and Senate have scheduled hearings on the President’s budget request for this week.