ANN ARBOR, MICH. (February 15, 2018)—The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today urged the U.S. Congress to reject the Trump Administration’s budget and infrastructure plan as insufficient to restore and protect the Great Lakes and to meet the needs of the 30 million people who depend on the lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life.
“We’re counting on Congress to keep federal Great Lakes restoration efforts on track and to put forward a robustly funded, bipartisan infrastructure package that provides financial relief to local communities and ensures that every person has access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Cutting funding now will only delay projects, making them more complicated and more expensive to complete.”
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget contains steep cuts to core Great Lakes programs. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is asking congress to restore Great Lakes funding and support a federal legislative agenda that includes:
- funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the marquee program to restore the lakes;
- funding to fix the region’s old, crumbling drinking water and wastewater infrastructure;
- support of policies and funding that block Asian carp and other invasive species into U.S. waters;
- funding for farm conservation programs in the Farm Bill;
- defense of Clean Water Act and other environmental protections; and,
- funding for the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies that are instrumental in carrying out restoration work.