Cleaning Up Great Lakes Is Important

President Trump has proposed cutting by 90 percent the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

President Trump has proposed cutting by 90 percent the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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.

President Trump wants to turn off the spigot on the federal cleanup efforts at numerous nation's most iconic waterways, drawing a torrent of criticism from environmentalists. He says the Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million Americans and contribute 10 billion dollars in tourism.

Last year, Trump zeroed out Great Lakes restoration funding in his proposed budget - but Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to restore the money.

GLRI generally receives $300 million a year in funding.

"The bottom line is the Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis".

More than $2 billion has been budgeted for the Great Lakes initiative, for more than 2,000 projects, since it began in 2010. The other programs receive significantly less federal funding. "We look forward to working with Congress to put in place a bi-partisan infrastructure package that works for people, communities, businesses, and the Great Lakes".

His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes restoration programs by 90% from 300 million to 30 million.

The result was not fruitful of his first budget regarding regional water a year ago.

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

Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

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