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Lawmakers Seek Federal Funding for Bay Cleanup

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California lawmakers are seeking more federal funding to clean up San Francisco Bay. A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday could bring in $25 million over the next five years.
 
The San Francisco Bay Restoration Act would create a pipeline for money through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its sponsor, Peninsula Democrat Jackie Speier, said it's time to play catch-up in restoring the Bay.

"We have lost 90 percent of the wetlands in the estuary. It's the largest estuary on the West Coast and we have really not received the kind of federal funding that frankly other estuaries have received," she said.

Speier said the money would go toward restoring wetlands and habitat, cleaning up pollution and helping adapt to the effects of climate change. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced an identical bill in the Senate earlier this month.

It's the third time in as many years that Speier has attempted to get a Bay restoration bill passed.

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