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Proposed budget would slash Chesapeake Bay cleanup funds


The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — If President Donald Trump’s proposed budget that was unveiled Monday is adopted, funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program would be reduced by more than 90 percent, according to an Associated Press report.

“We’ve had that confirmed, and it would be devastating to West Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay program,” Frank Rodgers, executive director of Cacapon Institute, said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “It would eliminate a lot of projects at the municipal level and a lot of programs that benefit farmers would be eliminated.”

Located in Great Cacapon, the Cacapon Institute sponsors several programs and projects, such as tree plantings throughout the greater, eight-county Eastern Panhandle, to reduce the amount of pollution getting into local waterways.

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