Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Budget proposal could cut funding for Great Lakes programs

Trump budget cuts to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provoke Congressional outrage Cleaning Up Great Lakes Is Important
Ivan Hill | 15 February, 2018, 07:36

Well, it's time to stand up again.

The administration sought to zero out spending on the regional water initiatives in its first budget a year ago, describing them as "primarily local efforts" and contending state and local governments were capable of paying for them.

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.

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

The GLRI has previously received bipartisan support in Congress from Great Lakes adjoining areas.

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.

Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

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"It started with the idea that we had studied the Great Lakes to death, but there was very little money to actually do on-the-ground, shovels-in-the-mud projects to actually restore the Great Lakes and make them usable", Boyer said.

Shriberg adds, "Local communities have borne the brunt of expensive water infrastructure fixes for the last 40 years, and any plan that places further financial burdens on communities by relying on the fool's gold of privatization will only exacerbate water affordability issues that harm those who can least afford them".

More than $2 billion has been budgeted for the Great Lakes initiative, for more than 2,000 projects, since it began in 2010.

"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure. In all, it makes no sense".

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. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically.

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this". It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration.

"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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