HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued the following statement from Pennsylvania Interim Executive Director Trisha Salvia, in response to Governor Josh Shapiro’s $44.4 billion General Fund budget proposal for fiscal year 2023-24.
Ms. Salvia said:
“As Pennsylvania’s 2023-24 spending plan comes into focus in the months ahead, CBF urges the Governor and legislature to continue the momentum of investments that can bring us closer to cleaner local rivers and streams.
“Increased and sustained investments of financial and technical resources at the state and federal levels are essential to help farmers reduce pollution from agriculture.
“The Commonwealth must continue support for the new Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program cost-share program that will help Pennsylvania’s family farmers design and install conservation practices to keep soils and nutrients on the land instead of in the water.
“We appreciate that Governor Shapiro’s proposed budget includes increases in resource agency budgets to protect the right to Pennsylvania’s clean air and pure water.
“There are many boots on the ground , landowners, communities, and volunteers working hard every day to protect and restore local rivers and streams. The health, economic wellbeing, and quality of life of all Pennsylvanians depend on continued support.
“We look forward to working with the Governor and legislature to create a legacy of clean water for future generations.”
–Chesapeake Bay Foundation