Advocates Push For More Environmental Funds | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Advocates Push For More Environmental Funds

Play associated audio

Even in the face of steep federal budget cuts, environmental groups are fighting for more money to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and other natural landmarks in the region.

Fifty years ago, lawmakers set up a fund to preserve the nation's local, state and national parks. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is paid for with money that private companies make from drilling off the nation's coast. Last year, it received $900 million, but only about one third of that money actually went to conservation according to Environment America, a group of citizen-funded environmental advocacy groups.

Aaron Weil, who works on preservation issues for the group, wants lawmakers to stop raiding the fund to pay for other parts of the budget.

"The idea is to stop having to have this back and forth on a yearly basis," he says.

Weil says in the past, the fund helped purchase land on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay that were slated for private development. He says that money is vital for the government to protect parks across the country.

"It really gives a critical tool for our Park Service to just provide a buffer zone between human impact and these treasured places," says Weil.

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing the proposal in the upper chamber, but House Republicans may have another idea for the money. With $85 billion in budget cuts slated to hit the government next Friday if Congress doesn't act, lawmakers are looking for savings anywhere they can find it, which means this conservation fund may be raided again this year.

NPR

Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.
NPR

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
NPR

Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb Explores Presidential Bid

In considering whether to launch a presidential campaign, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia tells Steve Inskeep his big challenge would be raising money to promote his ideas.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.