Category: Watchdog

After Public Pressure, Trump Administration Authorizes Release of Asian Carp Study

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

On June 22nd a live silver carp was caught in the Calumet River on Chicago’s south side, approximately 9 miles from Lake Michigan and well beyond the electric barrier network designed to prevent invasive fish from reaching Lake Michigan. This wake-up-call event brought renewed attention to a long-awaited Army Corps of Engineers study centered on […]

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Tell President Trump’s EPA to Keep Clean Water Protections

Posted on August 3, 2017 by

The Trump administration recently announced a major legal step toward repealing an Obama-era regulation designed to limit pollution in 60% of the nation’s bodies of water. The rule, known as the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, would have extended existing federal protections of large bodies of water (under the 1972 Clean Water Act), […]

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Good News on Great Lakes Funding for 2018

Posted on July 12, 2017 by

The 2018 federal budget proposed by the Trump administration once again zeroes out 100% of the funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), but on Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee rejected that proposal, releasing an appropriations bill that fully funds the GLRI. This is promising news! Although the budget battle is far from over, […]

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EPA Announces Plan to Kill 2015 Clean Water Rule

Posted on June 27, 2017 by

This afternoon, EPA Director Scott Pruitt announced a proposal to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protects the water supply for 117 million Americans. The rule, also known as the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, clarified longstanding confusion about the water protected by the 1972 Clean Water Act, declaring streams and wetlands […]

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We Did It! Full Funding for the Great Lakes in 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017 by

Back in March, we let you know about potential massive cuts to Great Lakes programs and funding in the 2017 federal budget. The budget proposed by President Trump would have cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 100% and shrunk the EPA’s budget by 31%. When the budget was announced, we were in […]

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EPA Seeks Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted on May 1, 2017 by

The EPA wants to know what you think about rolling back the regulations that keep our water clean and safe. On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Among other things, this executive order requires the Environmental Protection Agency […]

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[UPDATE] Did you hear what we are doing today?

Posted on March 15, 2017 by

Yesterday, I let you know that my fellow coworkers were in Washington, D.C. to support restoration programs in the Great Lakes. The Trump Administration was expected to slash the budget to this program by 97%. The 97% cut to Great Lakes restoration programs apparently wasn’t sufficient for the President, whose budget released today zeroes out […]

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