Trump Budget Cuts to Great Lakes Programs a 'Non-Starter'

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The Trump administration made a similar attempt to strike down the waterway restoration efforts in its first budget a year ago, but Congress intervened. Well, it's time to stand up again.

Trump's proposal would cut funding for the GLRI from $300 million to $30 million.

Other programs remain nearly fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2018)-The Trump Administration today released its proposed budget, which drastically cuts core Great Lakes programs as well as funding for the federal agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, charged with implementing them. And if freshwater resources are allowed to degrade, the impacts are enormous.

The Great Lakes program is the largest program.

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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.

"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", Portman said.

"This amount is nowhere close to the amount necessary to fully restore and protect our Great Lakes, which serve as the primary fresh water source for the surrounding areas", Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township, said of the president's $30 million proposal. He says the Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million Americans and contribute 10 billion dollars in tourism.

Launched in 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is an effort to restore and preserve the lakes through cleaning, invasive species control, harmful algal bloom management and more.

But Congress decided otherwise, illustrating the popularity of the cleanups among lawmakers of both parties and voters who want progress on long standing problems.