By Tim Kowols
Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency made by President Donald Trump could have a drastic consequence for the Great Lakes. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program designed to combat invasive species and clean up toxic messes, could have its budget trimmed from $300 million to just $10 million. It is especially alarming to Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership Executive Director James Kettler, who says the bipartisan initiative had been a great step forward to protecting the Great Lakes.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has conducted 3,426 projects in the region since it was launched in 2010, providing over $1.7 billion in funding.