President Trump's Proposed Budget Calls for Cuts to Great Lakes Funding

Credit Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory  NWS  NOAA

Credit Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory NWS NOAA

Last year, Congress' Republican-led House Appropriations Committee voted to buck their leader and fought to preserve the Great Lakes funding.

Trump proposes to slash federal funding for the project by about 90 percent.

The administration's Environmental Protection Agency spending plan said the agency would "encourage state, tribal and local entities to continue to make progress" in those places.

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

The Great Lakes program is the largest program.

Our representatives in Washington need to take notice of the short-sighted and unsafe proposal to drastically cut EPA funding and take steps to ensure that it doesn't happen.

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

Great Lakes ice cover for February 11 in 2016 2017 and 2018. Data from GLERL  NOAA. Graph by Scott Sutherland
Great Lakes ice cover for February 11 in 2016 2017 and 2018. Data from GLERL NOAA. Graph by Scott Sutherland

Some officials, including members of Trump's Republican Party, vowed to boost funding for the Great Lakes. Multiple restoration efforts have occured in the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth-Superior under the federal program.

For third time since his inauguration Donald Trump has put the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in his budgetary crosshairs.

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".

"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". That's down from $167 million a year ago.

Campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Todd Ambs says, "The Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis". And, the Trump plan guts clean water protections that every American depends on for clean, safe drinking water. As the Free Pressnotes, the cuts were buried in one line in a 96-page budget without explanation - a move that Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee called "draconian".

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said. It works to combat threats to the Great Lakes, such as invasive species or loss of habitats.

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