Trump budget again targets Great Lakes, regional water cleanup programs

Nick Sanchez
February 15, 2018

Last year, Congress' Republican-led House Appropriations Committee voted to buck their leader and fought to preserve the Great Lakes funding. Well, it's time to stand up again.

The Trump administration's proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency strips away all funding for cleanup programs in the Gulf of Mexico, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay and South Florida, including the Everglades and Keys.

The Trump Administration also released its national infrastructure platform, which foists much of the financial costs onto local and state government, while also rolling back landmark environmental protections.

President Trump pushed again Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes - repeating a move he made unsuccessfully a year ago.

As we've seen locally, the impact of pollution, algae and invasive species can quickly get out of control.

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

Our representatives in Washington need to take notice of the short-sighted and risky proposal to drastically cut EPA funding and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen. "This is outrageous. People across MI spoke out and took action previous year to stop these cuts, and I know they'll do so again". Stabenow says she'll continue to work on getting a bi-partisan group together to keep funding for the Great Lakes.

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

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition consists of more than 150 environmental, conservation, outdoor recreation organizations, zoos, aquariums and museums representing millions of people, whose common goal is to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

In a statement released today, Kildee calls the cuts reckless. It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a statement that the GLRI is critical to cleaning up the Great Lakes and for heading off invasive species like Asian carp. "Just like a year ago, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".

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