President Trump Again Seeks To Slash Great Lakes Funding

President Trump Again Seeks To Slash Great Lakes Funding

President Trump Again Seeks To Slash Great Lakes Funding

"Michigan deserves better than this", U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St-Joseph, said in a statement.

President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for 2019 on Monday, and it once again calls for massive cuts to funding for Great Lakes restoration efforts.

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

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from MI, released a statement immediately following Trump's announcement, saying. It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, co-chair Great Lakes Task Force (D): "I am pretty shocked after the major bipartisan effort that we had, and the push-back was so hard after they zeroed out the money previous year". MI projects have received more than $600 million in funding from this program since its establishment. 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 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically".

The program, launched in 2010, pays for cleanup projects in the lakes and in the tributaries leading up to them.

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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.

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

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.

"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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