Trump proposes 90 percent cut to Great Lakes cleanup program

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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. Portman says he and other lawmakers will work to get the funding restored.

Trump's budget would give it $30 million. "In Congress, both Republicans and Democrats have rejected President Trump's previous attempts to cut Great Lakes funding".

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". The $300 million used to clean up the Great Lakes every year since 2010 would be slashed to $30 million.

President Trump pushed again Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes - repeating a move he made unsuccessfully past year. Members of Congress opted to fully fund the program for 2018.

$5.4 billion for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which helps administer Great Lakes restoration and clean water protection programs-a reduction of 34 percent from the 2017 budget levels.

The coalition also criticized the administration's proposed "infrastructure" plan saying it actually makes less money available for key projects that protect human and environmental health.

Campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Todd Ambs says, "The Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis". "In all, it makes no sense".

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this". It "plays a leading role in preserving and restoring the Great Lakes ecology while strengthening the Great Lakes economy", Huizenga, co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, told the Detroit News. It works to combat threats to the Great Lakes, such as invasive species or loss of habitats.

"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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