Gallagher opposes cuts to Great Lakes funding

Gallagher opposes cuts to Great Lakes funding

Gallagher opposes cuts to Great Lakes funding

The health and future of the Great Lakes, the largest collection of freshwater in the world, has never been more important and the GLRI targets long-term solutions for the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican, said, "I've successfully helped lead the effort to restore full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative after both Republican and Democratic administrations have proposed cuts to the program, and I will do so again this year".

Other programs remain nearly fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection. The $300 million used to clean up the Great Lakes every year since 2010 would be slashed to $30 million.

"It started with the idea that we had studied the Great Lakes to death, but there was very little money to actually do on-the-ground, shovels-in-the-mud projects to actually restore the Great Lakes and make them usable", Boyer said.

President Donald Trump's budget includes no money for so-called Clean Water Act Section 319 programs, which help communities reduce polluted runoff. Climate change has numerous potential impacts on the Great Lakes over the coming decades, many of which we are already seeing. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan, co-chair Great Lakes Task Force (D): "I am pretty shocked after the major bipartisan effort that we had, and the push-back was so hard after they zeroed out the money past year". The Great Lakes are an invaluable resource to OH, and this initiative has been a successful public-private partnership that helps protect both our environment and our economy. That's up $397 million from a year ago. Now Trump's budget would give it $30 million.

U.S. Congressman Fred Upton, a Republican from MI, released the following statement: "Michigan deserves better than this. We look forward to working with Great Lakes leaders in the U.S. House and Senate to restore funding to these important programs to ensure that Great Lakes restoration remains a top national priority". "The Great Lakes help to generate billions of dollars in economic activity and support 1.5 million good-paying jobs in the tourism, boating and fishing industries", Kildee said.

"If there were to be any kind of substantial cuts, I think it would be hard to improve water quality", Dodson said.

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