Cleaning Up Great Lakes Is Important

Posted February 15, 2018

But under President Trump's proposed budget, funding would plummet to only $30 million, meaning the restoration initiative would be losing a whopping $267,963. Multiple restoration efforts have occured in the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth-Superior under the federal program.

With the realization that President Donald Trump's 2019 budget request calls for the elimination of all but $30 million of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an array of MI senators and representatives have expressed varying levels of discontent. It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative works to prevent invasive species, stop runoff, and cleanup pollution. 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 past year". It is taking about $300 million annually since it was established in 2010.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force. "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically". The health and future of the Great Lakes, the largest collection of freshwater in the world, has never been more important and the GLRI targets long-term solutions for the Great Lakes ecosystem.

"It started with the idea that we had studied the Great Lakes to death, but there was very little money to actually do on-the-ground, shovels-in-the-mud projects to actually restore the Great Lakes and make them usable", Boyer said.

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Funding for projects to protect our Great Lakes could be hanging in the balance under President Donald Trump's proposed budget. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, said the GLRI is "the single most important program" for the Great Lakes. "Just like previous year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".

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