The agreement between the states was first put into place in 1983 under
"This program has been a model of state and federal cooperation," he said. "It's working to provide real and tangible returns for cleaner water."
The foundation's most recent report found that the health of the bay is steadily improving, though
Per the agreement, the
Future: The agreement would still be in place without federal funding, but Campbell admitted that it would be hard to withhold funding with no money coming to the states. He suggested the
Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts also are aided through state and private funds, but Campbell said those sources would be severely hindered without federal funding.
Campbell compared the program to a three-legged stool, with federal, state and private support constituting one leg each,
"If you cut one leg off, it potentially falls down," he said.
Campbell said it's hard to underestimate the negative impact the proposed cuts could have on the nation's economy, quality of life and public welfare.
An economic analysis by the foundation has suggested that
Campbell said the foundation is still optimistic, noting that presidential budget proposals never make it through
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