Trump budget again targets regional water cleanup programs like Chesapeake Bay

Trump budget again targets regional water cleanup programs like Chesapeake Bay

"It started with the idea that we had studied the Great Lakes to death, but there was very little money to actually do on-the-ground, shovels-in-the-mud projects to actually restore the Great Lakes and make them usable", Boyer said.

Trump's budget targets water cleanup programs and he is trying to eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic USA waterways.

But under President Trump's proposed budget, funding would plummet to only $30 million, meaning the restoration initiative would be losing a whopping $267,963.

There is a bi-partisan push back by Great Lakes leaders against Donald Trump's newly released budget and infrastructure proposals.

Environmental Protection Agency money for Lake Champlain and other waterways across the country would be eliminated, with a plan to have the EPA "encourage state, tribal and local entities to continue making progress".

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Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". The cut proposed in the Trump administration's budget is part of an overall $3 billion budget reduction to the Environmental Protection Agency. The other programs receive significantly less federal funding. 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. "In all, it makes no sense". The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative works to prevent invasive species, stop runoff, and cleanup pollution. As the Free Pressnotes, the cuts were buried in one line in a 96-page budget without explanation - a move that Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee called "draconian". It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration.

"Cutting Great Lakes investments by 90 percent-essentially eliminating the program-threatens the health of our lakes and jeopardizes Michigan's economy", Kildee said.

Members of Congress should insist on adequate funding for the Great Lakes project - with emphasis on "adequate", not necessarily every dime being sought for the expensive campaign.

"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.

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