Great Lakes restoration must go on

His administration says state local and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups

There was some good news in the budget for clean water efforts, with the administration including $2.65 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, which provide low-interest loans to communities to fix and build wastewater and drinking water infrastructure.

Critics say that slashing the funding for Great Lakes restoration makes no sense after a decade of advances in slowing the spread of exotic species, improving fish and wildlife habitat, dredging and capping legacy toxic sediment and reducing urban and agricultural runoff.

Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

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. That's down from $167 million a year ago. The cut proposed in the Trump administration's budget is part of an overall $3 billion budget reduction to the Environmental Protection Agency.

With the realization that President Donald Trump's 2019 budget request calls for the elimination of all but $30 million of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an array of MI senators and representatives have expressed varying levels of discontent.

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Senator Debbie Stabenow is weighing in on President Trump's budget proposal. Members of Congress opted to fully fund the program for 2018.

In a statement released today, Kildee calls the cuts reckless.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims to protect the lakes from pollution and invasive species. The health and future of the Great Lakes, the largest collection of freshwater in the world, has never been more important and the GLRI targets long-term solutions for the Great Lakes ecosystem.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said.

"A cut of this magnitude would severely damage Bay restoration efforts, just at a time when we are seeing significant progress", said William Baker, president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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