The Great Lakes lose out. again

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The program, launched in 2010, pays for cleanup projects in the lakes and in the tributaries leading up to them. Climate change has numerous potential impacts on the Great Lakes over the coming decades, many of which we are already seeing.

Senator Debbie Stabenow is weighing in on President Trump's budget proposal.

The plan as outlined by the White House would cut existing funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program housed in the Environmental Protection Agency, from roughly $300 million to $30,000,000.

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Trump's plan looks to cut the overall Environmental Protection Agency budget by almost $3 billion - or about 34%.

Last year, Trump zeroed out Great Lakes restoration funding in his proposed budget - but Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to restore the money.

The Trump Administration's infrastructure plan isn't exactly generous to the Great Lakes, either: the 1.5 trillion dollar proposal to help improve roads, bridges and water infrastructure doesn't appear to include any funds to help improve the Soo Locks so they can handle getting bigger ships across the lakes.

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The Trump administration made a similar attempt to strike down the waterway restoration efforts in its first budget a year ago.

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". "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". As the world's largest freshwater body, the Great Lakes provide drinking water for 40 million people, contribute $10 billion in tourism each year, and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the region.

Ambs says, "The Trump Administration missed a major opportunity to help communities restore their water infrastructure. I will fight these draconian cuts in every way that I can".

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