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.
A 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