The U.S. House Interior and Environment subcommittee has scheduled a markup of its appropriations bill for Wednesday, May 25. The legislation contains proposed funding levels for several core Great Lakes programs. Based on the draft that was released today, the bill contains:
$300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:
This is $50 million above President’s budget request and the same as current fiscal year 2016 funding. The GLRI invests in programs to clean up toxic pollution to protect the health of people and wildlife; reduce run-off from cities and farms to prevent harmful algal bloom; fight invasive species to protect native species; and restore wildlife habitat and wetlands to protect outdoor recreation opportunities.
$1 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund:
That’s $21 million more than President’s budget request, but $394 million less than current fiscal year 2016 funding. The national program provides low-interest loans to communities to fix wastewater infrastructure to protect water quality and to keep beaches open.