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Congress has taken its first step to ensure that Great Lakes restoration continues in 2018 – contrary to President Trump's budget plan.

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee released the 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

July 19 update: Committee vote is good news for the Great Lakes.

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Great Lakes Today reporter Elizabeth Miller appeared on Science Friday to talk about how President Trump's proposed budget might impact the Great Lakes.  

Other guests on the program included Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan, author of the Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Wayne State University professor Donna Kashian, and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee professor Harvey Bootsma.

Great Lakes Today reporter Elizabeth Miller recently appeared on the WVIZ/PBS program Ideas to to discuss Troubled Waters, a recent series looking at the impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts on the Great Lakes.

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Part 3 in a series about President Trump's budget 

A lot of attention has focused on President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out $300 million a year for various projects. But his "skinny budget" has other cuts -- including the National Sea Grant program -- that would affect the region.


Lots of people were already upset about President Trump’s plan to slash Great Lakes funding in next year’s federal budget.  Now he’s recommending a $50 million cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for this year.  


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