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Cuts in Chesapeake Bay Protection / Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Mar 14, 2017 8:00 PM
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The Trump administration has vowed to make massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency; part of those cuts include a 93% reduction in funding for the EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup project, the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint.  The $73 million program will see its budget reduced to $5 million.

The program is a joint state/federal project that has seen a successful restoration of the Chesapeake watershed; water pollution is down, the Bay's aquatic "dead-zone" has shrunk and this has resulted in an improvement in local economies and job creation.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been working since 1967 to preserve the natural habitats within the watershed, CBF President William Baker and Pennsylvania Chapter Executive Director Harry Campbell join us on Smart Talk to discuss the impact these cuts may have on conservation efforts in the Chesapeake region and what the future for the area could look like without environmental protections.

Also, advancements in warfare often include advancements in medicine - both on and off the battlefield.  ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff explores the evolution of medical care and technology for soldiers serving on the frontline, and those who require care after returning home.

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Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield will air Thursday, March 16th at 7:15pm at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The PBS documentary shares the stories of active duty soldiers, combat veterans, families and doctors to explore the relationship between warfare and healthcare.

Dr. Rory Cooper, Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh and a participant in the documentary will join Smart Talk to discuss some of the advancements in military medicine to emerge from the recent wars and the need to provide care for veterans after they return home.

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