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White House wants to eliminate Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in detailed budget proposal

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Rebecca Williams
Michigan Radio
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides money for habitat restoration, keeping invasive species out of the Lakes, and cleaning up polluted areas.

On Tuesday, the White House released the president'sfull budget proposal, which details proposed cuts to many programs, including drastic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Medicaid, and welfare programs. 

The budget proposes that the EPA be slashed by nearly $3 billion, including the total elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which received $290,000 in the 2017 federal budget.

(Click here to hear how the president's budget proposal would affect Michigan)

Many, including Michigan's congressional representatives, say those cuts will significantly harm the Great Lakes. The GLRI is currently tasked with combating invasive species, cleaning up toxic waste, and restoring natural habitats.

The White House says that cutting the GLRI and projects like it will encourage state and local governments to invest more in water clean-ups. Supporters of the initiative point out that inter-state cooperation is necessary to successful clean-ups, and that the EPA is crucial in building agreements between states.

The president's budget would also cut the Superfund clean-up program and the lead risk-reduction program.

The plan is not a formal bill for Congress to vote on. Rather, it provides an outlook that President Trump would like to see in the final budget for 2018.

The White House released a so-called 'skinny budget' in March, which was widely criticized by lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the aisle. The latest release isn't so skinny (it totals 62 pages), but is still drawing much ire.

Great Lakes representatives are expected to fight against any drastic cuts to the GLRI, which remains immensely popular among voters.

Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.
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