Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes Restoration slated to drop from $300 million to $10 million: Cleveland Congress members promise to fight cuts

Phragmites are being replaced gradually by native plants at the 691-acre Mentor Marsh on Thursday, June 29, 2016. Federal dollars made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Sustain Our Great Lakes Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are helping restore the marsh to its natural state. (Credit: Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress members from the Cleveland area pledged Friday to fight any effort by President Donald Trump to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for Great Lakes cleanup.

leaked draft of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget proposal indicates the Trump administration intends to suggest cutting the program from $300 million  annuallyto $10 million. It would be part of an effort to slash $2 billion from the agency and reduce its workforce by 3,000 employees.

Chad Lord of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition said cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by that much would ‘essentially stop restoration efforts in their tracks in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio.'”

— Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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