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Trump budget eliminates Great Lakes cleanup funds

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Great Lakes restoration funding is altogether eliminated in President Donald Trump’s first formal budget proposal as part of $2.6 billion in cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency that will eliminate 3,200 jobs from the federal agency responsible for ensuring the country has safe drinking water.Drastic cuts to the federal grants that fund pollution cleanup, watershed restoration and other work in eight Great Lakes states were expected, but the actual proposal the White House sent to Congress on Thursday, March 16 goes further by zeroing-out what has been a popular bipartisan program. Read the full story from MLive

Trump’s budget plan hurts Michigan, Great Lakes cleanup

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President Donald Trump revealed his first budget blueprint on Thursday, proposing to eliminate a cleanup program for the Great Lakes Basin. Trump’s budget plan would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by nearly a third, including reductions for the agency’s enforcement and compliance office and ending the $300 million-a-year Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, among other regional efforts.  Read the full story from The Detroit News

Great Lakes advocates push back against Trump’s proposed EPA cuts

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Congress is getting the full court press this week from Great Lakes funding advocates in the face of drastic potential budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) floated by the Trump administration in a bid to increase military spending and build a Mexican border wall.  Read the full story from MLive.

Great Lakes groups lobby Congress for funding

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Groups representing mayors, governors, and Great Lakes states are descending on Washington this week to push back against reported budget cuts for environmental programs. Tuesday begins three days of speakers and presentations at the Great Lakes Commission’s semiannual meeting.   It also means three days of meetings with Congress and the Trump administration to promote the region’s priorities, including money for infrastructure and an initiative to restore the health of the lakes. Read the full story | North Country Public Radio

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