(Toledo, OH) Ohio and Michigan officials plan a counterattack to the president's proposal to scrap a Great Lakes cleanup effort.
Lawmakers from both parties in both states are alarmed by reports President Trump is seeking a 97-percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The Alliance for the Great Lakes says gutting the U.S. EPA and its programs tasked with protecting clean water would be "a disaster," rolling back decades of hard work to restore and protect the nation’s greatest fresh water resource. The group cited the Flint lead water scandal and the Toledo toxic water crisis as examples of what could happen again if efforts to clean up Lake Erie and other waterways are scrapped.
The alliance is calling on Congress to "stand strong" in favor of the Great Lakes and clean water, hoping for a bipartisan effort similar to one launched during the Obama administration to stop such cuts to Great Lakes funding.