Kildee: Trump's call to gut Great Lakes funding "reckless"

His administration says state local and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups

Well, it's time to stand up again.

Despite strong bipartisan support in Congress for this program, President Trump's budget only calls for $30 million in funding. His administration says state, local, and tribal governments should be responsible for regional water cleanups.

For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic USA waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. And if freshwater resources are allowed to degrade, the impacts are enormous. A selection of responses from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle below: Dave Joyce, Ohio (R): "Today feels like Groundhog Day as it relates to the Great Lakes funding".

President Trump's announcement on Monday of his new budget and his 1.5 trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal is not exactly being met by cheers from the environmental community in the Great Lakes Region. It places the financial burden on local communities, which have taken on the lion's share of funding these expensive projects over the last 40 years and have consequently seen water bills skyrocket for individuals and families. The $300 million used to clean up the Great Lakes every year since 2010 would be slashed to $30 million.




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.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from MI, released a statement immediately following Trump's announcement, saying. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, co-chair Great Lakes Task Force (D): "I am pretty shocked after the major bipartisan effort that we had, and the push-back was so hard after they zeroed out the money previous year".

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". 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. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative works to prevent invasive species, stop runoff, and cleanup pollution.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said.

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