Funding for Great Lakes SLASHED in Trump Administration Budget
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget slashes funding for Great Lakes restoration from $300 million to $10 million. The proposed budget was shared with EPA for review and reported on twitter by journalist Rob Davis.
“If true, the level of cuts being discussed would be devastating. Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results across the region, but serious threats remain. These cuts will essentially stop restoration efforts in their tracks, in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio. Thirty million people depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life. Absent a strong course correction by the Trump Administration, we will work with Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress to maintain funding at current levels to ensure that Great Lakes restoration efforts remain a top national priority,” stated Chad Lord, policy director for the Healing Our Waters–Great Lakes Coalition
The specter of drastic cuts to Great Lakes restoration programs comes only weeks after more than 40 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House sent a letter to President Trump urging him to invest $300 million in Great Lakes restoration programs.