Great Lakes / Lake Erie

Leaders cheer Great Lakes funding survival

Restoration initiative to remain at same level in newest federal budget

Thick algae floats in Lake Erie during 2014 at Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon. Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an EPA effort aimed at ensuring the health of the lake, remains in the federal budget. photo: THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

OAK HARBOR — “Area activists, water-quality experts, and public officials were thrilled to learn the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative not only remained intact, but will continue to be funded at its current level of $300 million under the new federal spending plan.

President Trump wanted to eliminate the program, often referred to as the GLRI. His administration initially offered $10 million in funding, before coming back and saying it advocated no funding at all and an end to the program.

…Ohio’s two U.S. senators — Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown — began the day Monday by announcing they were part of a bipartisan effort to save the program from the budget ax.

…U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo), ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, called the compromise funding bill “imperfect,” but was pleased the GLRI survived.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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