Senators push for continued Great Lakes cleanup funding

Posted at 6:36 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 08:02:36-04

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — U.S. senators from states in the Great Lakes region are pushing for continued federal funding of a program designed to make progress on the lakes' most pressing ecological challenges.

A dozen senators from both parties signed a letter of support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. It was sent Tuesday to leaders of a subcommittee that recommends spending on environmental programs.

The senators requested $300 million for the initiative in 2019. That's roughly the amount it has received annually since 2010.

President Donald Trump proposed eliminating the program's funding last year. His 2019 budget would cut it by 90 percent.

The senators say in their letter the funding cut would reverse progress that's been made on problems such as toxic pollution, invasive species and runoff that causes toxic algae.