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Trump admin wants to cut cleanup funds for iconic bodies of water

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President Trump has proposed cutting by 90 percent the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

More than $2 billion has been budgeted for the Great Lakes initiative, for more than 2,000 projects, since it began in 2010.

President Donald Trump's annual budget slashes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $30 million.

"Protecting our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue, and I will work closely with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and fight to restore this critical funding", Bishop said.

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. The Republican-led U.S. House Appropriations Committee previous year squelched Trump's attempted cuts for 2018 and fully funded the initiative, which enjoys wide bipartisan support and which funds water quality oversight, agricultural runoff mitigation, wildlife habitat preservation and more.

He also proposes chopping funds to the EPA by 2.8 billion dollars - that's about 34 percent of its current funding level - and eliminating all climate change-related programs. Climate change has numerous potential impacts on the Great Lakes over the coming decades, many of which we are already seeing. No matter the administration - Republican or Democrat - it seems none of them understand how important fresh water and the Great Lakes are to many Americans.

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure". He said he plans to continue working to protect the Great Lakes and keep the GLRI fully funded. That's up $397 million from previous year.

"The Trump Administration budget is a non-starter".

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this". "They prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, and curtail the spread of those species around the Great Lakes".

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said. "I will fight these draconian cuts in every way that I can", he said.

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