Trump budget cuts to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provoke Congressional outrage
15 February, 2018, 05:37 | Author: Dustin Murphy
Funding for cleanup and restoration projects in the Great Lakes would be significantly slashed under President Donald Trump'sbudget plan released Monday.
As with last year's proposal, Trump seeks to essentially eliminate funding that would help clean up the Great Lakes, cutting funding from $300 million to just $30 million.
Critics say that slashing the funding for Great Lakes restoration makes no sense after a decade of advances in slowing the spread of exotic species, improving fish and wildlife habitat, dredging and capping legacy toxic sediment and reducing urban and agricultural runoff.
But, as is the case with so numerous president's initiatives, he is right in insisting that if taxpayers' money is spent, results must be achieved.
President Trump wants to turn off the spigot on the federal cleanup efforts at numerous nation's most iconic waterways, drawing a torrent of criticism from environmentalists.
The Trump Administration also released its national infrastructure platform, which foists much of the financial costs onto local and state government, while also rolling back landmark environmental protections.
He tells Great Lakes Now, "A national infrastructure plan that runs roughshod over environmental protections and ignores climate change can not be taken seriously-and threatens to throw good money after bad while failing to address urgent water needs for the region and exacerbating pollution".
"The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". The President's 2019 proposed budget includes massive cuts in funding the GLRI, from $298 million all the way down to $3o million. "These investments have bipartisan support because protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue", Kildee said. And, the Trump plan guts clean water protections that every American depends on for clean, safe drinking water. He said he plans to continue working to protect the Great Lakes and keep the GLRI fully funded. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a vital tool used to boost our Great Lakes both environmentally and economically.
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