President Trump Seeks To Slash Great Lakes Funding By 90 Percent

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Senator Debbie Stabenow is weighing in on President Trump's budget proposal.

His proposed budget would slash Environmental Protection Agency funding for Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay restoration programs by 90 percent.

But, as is the case with so numerous president's initiatives, he is right in insisting that if taxpayers' money is spent, results must be achieved. That will only happen with a plan that significantly increases federal investments that provide financial relief to local communities; prioritizes nature-based solutions that save money by preventing problems before they become more serious; makes water affordable for everyone; and upholds environmental, health and safety standards that work to ensure clean water for all of the people who call this nation home.

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President Trump wants to turn off the spigot on the federal cleanup efforts at numerous nation's most iconic waterways, drawing a torrent of criticism from environmentalists.

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. That's down from $167 million past year.

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure".

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Trump has proposed cutting the program from $300 million to $30 million next year. "In all, it makes no sense".

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims to protect the lakes from pollution and invasive species.

Great Lakes Today is a collaboration of ideastream, WBFO Buffalo, and WXXI Rochester. The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to OH, and this initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy.

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"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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