Making a Visible Difference in Communities Across the Country

The EPA has made it a priority to work at the community level along with other federal agencies, states and other stakeholders to improve the health of American families and protect the environment all across the country. We will continue to build on these relationships in FY 2017.

EPA 2017 Budget in Brief

Environmental and public health impacts affect people most significantly where they live – at the community level. For many years, EPA's staff have invested time in listening to community leaders and residents to understand their needs at the local level. EPA has then used this information to work with local, state and other federal officials/agencies to leverage collective resources effectively in support of local goals.

The Trump Administration has shifted EPA's priorities away from listening to communities: nearly every community program is targeted for severe reductio or outright elimination in the 2018 EPA workplan.

Below is a summary of major community programs in which EPA plans to dis-invest under the Trump Administration.

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Save EPA has been an all-volunteer group of former EPA officials who became alarmed about the Trump agenda for EPA and joined together to fight it.

With newly-elected President-Elect Biden and VP-Elect Harris coming in January, the need to "save EPA" is much less urgent. This is not to imply all clear skies ahead - there is much re-building to do, there will be negative pressures on the new administration, and we will likely have policy differences in the future. However, we are hopeful that these differences will be discussed rationally, using science as a basis for moving forward, and keeping EPA's mission of protecting human health and the environment in the forefront.

And so, we are going back to retirement!  We're keeping our website up at , as a resource for those who want to follow and influence the restoration work. Our report on the Trump record at EPA describes the actions that need to be reversed [], and our guide to participating in the rulemaking process [] can help you be part of the solution.

Thank you for your support and commitment during the past 3.5 years.  While the Trump assaults were unending, they were also frequently unsuccessful, and that was due in large part to public outrage.  Keep it up!  Although EPA will be in much better hands with a Biden administration, there is always a need for an informed and engaged public.