Great Lakes / Water Quality

Trump budget virtually kills Great Lakes initiative

Lake Erie (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

TOLEDO — “To the dismay of many Toledo-area officials and environmental groups, the Trump Administration is trying to kill all but 3 percent of funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The program has been used for everything from helping Toledo avoid another algae-induced water crisis to building a wetland that reduces beach bacteria at Maumee Bay State Park.

…’It is hard to imagine a more perilous time for the Trump Administration to abandon efforts that protect and restore our Great Lakes,’ U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) said. ‘With a bipartisan effort, we can turn back ill-advised attacks on the health and quality of the lakes if President Trump proposes them. It will be all hands on deck for our Great Lakes.'”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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