Lawmakers Ask Congress to Reject Budget Cut Proposal to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Last month, the Obama administration caused quite the uproar among Great Lakes environmentalists when it proposed budget cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reducing the budget from $300 million to $275 million.
“The inter-agency program provides funding to address vital environmental issues in the Great Lakes, such as cleaning up contaminated sediments, reducing polluted runoff, mitigating habitat degradation and loss, and addressing invasive species such as the Asian carp,” Congressional members said in the letter. "The program has invested $1.6 billion in Great Lakes restoration over the last five years.”
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