Americans want federal investment in water.
According to a recent poll, 86% of Americans believe that clean, safe water is a national issue that demands federal investment. The poll, conducted by the Luntz Research Companies and Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, surveyed 900 adults; 77% would rather the federal government invest in water infrastructure than increase spending on entitlement programs (12%). The Bush administration has proposed to cut clean water funding from the EPA's budget for fiscal year 2006 from $8.1 billion to $7.6 billion. To achieve those numbers, the budget proposes a cut of $360 million (from $1.09 billion to $730 million) to the agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.