Stabenow response to Great Lakes Funding cuts in President Trump's Budget Proposal

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.

"It's clear that when it comes to the Great Lakes our priorities are at odds with the administration", Upton said. Multiple restoration efforts have occured in the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth-Superior under the federal program.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from MI, released a statement immediately following Trump's announcement, saying.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative aims to protect the lakes from pollution and invasive species. "This is outrageous. People across MI spoke out and took action previous year to stop these cuts, and I know they'll do so again".

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The GLRI has previously received bipartisan support in Congress from Great Lakes adjoining areas. It is taking about $300 million annually since it was established in 2010.

Campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Todd Ambs says, "The Trump plan is pure fantasy and will not help solve the nation's water infrastructure crisis".

"The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative plays a leading role in preserving and restoring the Great Lakes ecology while strengthening the Great Lakes economy", he said. 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.

"Cutting Great Lakes investments by 90% - essentially eliminating the program - threatens the health of our lakes and jeopardizes Michigan's economy". This year, Gov. Rick Snyder called for a coalition of states and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes to drum up funding themselves to fight invasive Asian carp. "Just like previous year, I will fight alongside colleagues on both sides of the aisle to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes".

  • Adam Floyd