Once again, Trump wants to cut Great Lakes restoration funding

Once again, Trump wants to cut Great Lakes restoration funding

The Trump administration made a similar attempt to strike down the waterway restoration efforts in its first budget a year ago.

The GLRI is an inter-agency program created to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.

President Donald Trump's annual budget slashes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $30 million.

Members of Congress should insist on adequate funding for the Great Lakes project - with emphasis on "adequate", not necessarily every dime being sought for the expensive campaign. He says the Great Lakes provide drinking water to 40 million Americans and contribute 10 billion dollars in tourism.

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His administration says state, local and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups. MI projects have received more than $600 million in funding from this program since its establishment. Multiple restoration efforts have occured in the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth-Superior under the federal program.

As with last year's proposal, Trump seeks to essentially eliminate funding that would help clean up the Great Lakes, cutting funding from $300 million to just $30 million.

Other programs remain nearly fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection.

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.