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110 Landscape Architect and Specifier News While President Trump and new EPA head Scott Pruitt want to slash EPA spending and cut back on r e g u l a t i o n s , f r e s h m a n Congressman (R-FL) Matt Gaetz wants to throw out the baby with the bathwater. On Feb. 3, Mr. Gaetz (for himself), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), and Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) introduced H.R. 861, a one line bill with the aim to "terminate the Environmental Protection Agency" (kill date specified as December 31, 2018). Nancy Somerville, ASLA CEO and vice president, immediately sent a letter to Gaetz https://tinyurl.com/h5q42q7 and released the following statement: "The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) strongly opposes the recently introduced H.R. 861, which would terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Society today sent a letter to Representative Matt Gaetz (Florida), the author of the bill, urging him to withdraw consideration of the proposed legislation. "EPA's role, protecting human health and the environment, intersects with ASLA's work in leading the design and stewardship of land and communities. More than ever, public health and safety depend on joining together to protect our nation from pollution and the effects of climate change. "Drinking water and wastewater systems are deteriorating and are costing municipalities and ratepayers billions of dollars in maintenance and repairs. Many communities are looking to employ less costly green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater runoff—the major contributor to water pollution and unsafe drinking water supplies. Landscape architects, working with communities nationwide, rely on the EPA's programs and tools, including grants, research and other technical assistance to implement green infrastructure projects that address stormwater management and other water quality issues. "These EPA resources have a proven track record in the design and implementation of green infrastructure projects. If enacted, H.R. 861 would halt these critical programs and leave state and local jurisdictions without vital programming, guidance and technical assistance. "ASLA respectfully urges Representative Gaetz to withdraw consideration of the bill and to work with congressional colleagues to improve the EPA's programs and resources for the benefit of current and future generations." ASLA's webpage ( https://tinyurl.com/ zhzoc7n ) allows you to quickly let your representatives know how you feel about the bill. See p. 116 for related news. ASLA Responds to Freshman Rep.'s Bill to "Terminate EPA"