Trump's budget plan would significantly cut funding for Great Lakes restoration


Todd Ambs, campaign director for a regional coalition of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, called the proposal budget is a non-starter.

For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic USA waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. The other programs receive significantly less federal funding. "They prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, and curtail the spread of those species around the Great Lakes". Senator Stabenow says she was stunned by the proposal. 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 a year ago". It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration. It is taking about $300 million annually since it was established in 2010. Pruitt went so far as to say it was doing more to protect public health in the Great Lakes than any other coordinated interagency effort in USA history. "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically".

U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, called the failure to fully fund the GLRI "a serious disappointment." Rep.

The GLRI is an inter-agency program created to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem. "These investments have bipartisan support because protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue", Kildee said.

$30 million for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which helps local communities clean up toxic pollution, curb polluted runoff, fight invasive species, and restore fish and wildlife habitat-a cut of 90 percent from fiscal year 2017 budget levels. "Just like past year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".