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

MAY 31 2002 FILE

MAY 31 2002 FILE

$5.4 billion for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which helps administer Great Lakes restoration and clean water protection programs-a reduction of 34 percent from the 2017 budget levels.

Trump released a budget proposal that would slash funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million annually to $30 million.

But, as is the case with so numerous president's initiatives, he is right in insisting that if taxpayers' money is spent, results must be achieved.

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A year ago, the Trump administration proposed entirely eliminating funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but lawmakers stood firm and refused to let it happen. Multiple restoration efforts have occured in the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth-Superior under the federal program.

President Donald Trump again is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support for cleanups of some iconic US waterways.

Environmental Protection Agency money for Lake Champlain and other waterways across the country would be eliminated, with a plan to have the EPA "encourage state, tribal and local entities to continue making progress".

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He tells Great Lakes Now, "A national infrastructure plan that runs roughshod over environmental protections and ignores climate change can not be taken seriously-and threatens to throw good money after bad while failing to address urgent water needs for the region and exacerbating pollution".

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". That's down from $167 million past year. "In all, it makes no sense". "They prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, and curtail the spread of those species around the Great Lakes". 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. "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". "Just like previous year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".

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