Trump budget again targets Great Lakes cleanup program

Ruben Ruiz
February 15, 2018

Trump had proposed an even deeper cut to the program a year ago, but it survived.

Trump proposes to slash federal funding for the project by about 90 percent.

President Donald Trump again is trying reduce or eliminate federal funding for cleanups of some iconic US waterways.

As we've seen locally, the impact of pollution, algae and invasive species can quickly get out of control. It "plays a leading role in preserving and restoring the Great Lakes ecology while strengthening the Great Lakes economy", Huizenga, co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, told the Detroit News.

Our representatives in Washington need to take notice of the short-sighted and unsafe proposal to drastically cut EPA funding and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), unsurprisingly, given that she authored the initiative in 2010 and has continued to champion it since.

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Critics say that slashing the funding for Great Lakes restoration makes no sense after a decade of advances in slowing the spread of exotic species, improving fish and wildlife habitat, dredging and capping legacy toxic sediment and reducing urban and agricultural runoff. No matter the administration - Republican or Democrat - it seems none of them understand how important fresh water and the Great Lakes are to many Americans. "People across MI spoke out and took action past year to stop these cuts and I know they'll do so again". The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to OH, and this initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy.

"The Trump Administration budget is a non-starter".

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure".

In a statement released today, Kildee calls the cuts reckless.

"A cut of this magnitude would severely damage Bay restoration efforts, just at a time when we are seeing significant progress", said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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