Trump proposes 90 percent cut to Great Lakes cleanup program

Trump proposes 90 percent cut to Great Lakes cleanup program

Trump tried to slash Great Lakes funding in last year's proposed budget, but Congress included the full $300 million and Trump eventually signed the budget bill with the funding.

Chesapeake Bay, which is receiving almost $73 million this year, would get a paltry $7.3 million.

His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programs by 90 percent.

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. "I will work closely with the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force and other members of Congress to ensure more funding is secured to necessary standards".

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. No matter the administration - Republican or Democrat - it seems none of them understand how important fresh water and the Great Lakes are to many Americans.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow rejects the proposed Great Lakes marked as "excessive". 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". 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 Trump administration made a similar attempt to strike down the waterway restoration efforts in its first budget a year ago. The 30 million people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, health, jobs, and way of life deserve solutions to curb toxic algal outbreaks, halt invasive species like Asian carp, restore lost habitat, and clean up toxic contamination. "In all, it makes no sense".

"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.

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