Existing State programs that monitor and protect our waters are grossly and chronically underfunded.
Per capita spending on environmental protection in Alabama is among the lowest in the nation.
Additional staffing, equipment, educational materials, and resources are needed to properly implement our existing laws and to provide for new and expanded programs that will better protect our waters.
How Alabama Can Take Action
Increase the appropriations provided to the state agencies responsible for our water resources. The state legislature is responsible for allocating the General Fund, a major component of many agencies’ annual budget.
Additionally, ensure that the government is taking advantage of available federal matching funds. Additional funding is needed for development and implementation of cleanup plans, land protection, stream restoration, and reduction of non-point source pollution. Empower our state agencies to seek alternate funding sources in order to fulfill their obligation to Alabama’s citizens and the water resources on which we rely.