Trump’s budget targets water cleanup programs

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Trump’s budget targets water cleanup programs and he is trying to eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways. These waterways include the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

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According to the Trump’s 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency funding would cut by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

It would remove all Environmental Protection Agency funding of cleanup programs. The funding provided for the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and South Florida, including the Everglades and Keys.

The administration’s Environmental Protection Agency spending plan said the agency would “encourage state, tribal and local entities to continue to make progress” in those places.

The result was not fruitful of his first budget regarding regional water a year ago.

But Congress decided otherwise, illustrating the popularity of the cleanups among lawmakers of both parties and voters who want progress on long standing problems.

The Great Lakes program is the largest program. It is taking about $300 million annually since it was established in 2010. Now Trump’s budget would give it $30 million.

The fund for the Chesapeake Bay is  nearly $73 million, but this year would receive $7.3 million. The other programs receive significantly less federal funding.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow rejects the proposed Great Lakes marked as “excessive”.

“Why the Trump administration would continue to try to decrease funding for the world’s most important freshwater resource is beyond my comprehension,” said Mike Shriberg, regional director for the National Wildlife Federation.

“Trump’s budget would provide money for water quality monitoring but none for cleanup work,” advocates said.