A crushing blow came in yesterday to the Great Lakes region. In the 2018 budget, the Trump administration slashed the EPA’s funding from its paltry $300m to $10m. This effectively guts the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The GLRI funds state and local projects that combat invasive species, restore wildlife habitats and clean up watersheds polluted by a Rust Belt economic legacy across the eight-state Great Lakes region. It has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support in Congress.
Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania — Great Lakes states that backed Trump in the election last year — have all received funding under GLRI.
“These cuts will essentially stop restoration efforts in their tracks in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio,” said.U.S. House Great Lakes Task Force Chair Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland.