Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Members of Congress from both parties are lobbying colleagues not to cut funding from a key Great Lakes environmental program. Fifty-one representatives sent a letter Monday in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2016 seeks a $50 million cut in a multi-year program to clean up the Great Lakes. The president’s spending plan released Monday requests $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, down from $300 million appropriated for this year.
Michigan Sen. Carl Levin and some fellow Great Lakes lawmakers are asking their congressional colleagues to fund programs designed to preserve and protect the lakes. Levin is co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.
Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species. More than 100 people from the eight-state region are attending the Great Lakes Commission’s semiannual meeting and other activities.
A government report says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should do more to make sure a Great Lakes cleanup program is meeting its goals. Congress has spent about $1.3 billion on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past four years.
President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget calls for keeping a wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program near its current funding level.
The Obama administration says it’s making plans to continue a long-range Great Lakes cleanup program, although decisions about paying for it will be made on a year-by-year basis.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson says the Obama administration will target nine polluted harbors for accelerated cleanups under a program to heal the ailing Great Lakes.
At a time when many federal programs are fighting for survival, money still flows to a long-sought Great Lakes cleanup.
President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget calls for spending $350 million on a long-range Great Lakes cleanup program.