The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and eight other federal agencies released a report outlining accomplishments to date in implementing the Clean Water Action Plan (CWAP) and outlining the agenda for the coming year. Accomplishments include the establishment of more than 720,000 miles of conservation buffers, a unified policy for watershed management on federal lands, new curbs on stormwater runoff and a beach action plan.
The CWAP, announced by the president and vice president in 1998, seeks to protect public health and restore waterways by setting strong goals and providing states, tribes, communities, farmers and landowners with the tools and resources to meet them.
The president's FY 2001 budget request includes almost $2.8 billion, an increase of $584 million, to support key actions in the plan.
(Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)