Environment

Minnesota Public Radio

President Trump's continued push to slash funding for environmental programs would have a huge impact on the Great Lakes region.

His 2019 spending plan would cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $30 million. That money pays for a wide range of projects, including pollution cleanup, wetlands restoration and wildlife protection.

President Trump pushed Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes -- repeating a move he made last year.

Trump released a budget proposal that would slash funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million annually to $30 million.

Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

During the summer, Lake Erie’s western basin is full of boaters and tourists, especially near the islands that lie west of Cleveland. But come winter, the lake is empty, still, and sometimes frozen.

This is the drive behind Julia Christensen’s newest art project, Waiting for a Break.


David Cole, Wisconsin Public Radio

Foxconn's plans for an LCD display factory near the shore of Lake Michigan are sparking lots of questions about water use and environmental protections.

The Taiwanese company says it could invest up to $10 billion in the Wisconsin factory and employ up to 13,000 people. State officials tout the project as an economic development coup.

​But environmentalists worry about plans for drawing water from Lake Michigan.

U.S. Coast Guard District 9

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have assisted over 300 ships this winter, one of the most demanding years for icebreaking. 

So far, the Great Lakes ice cover is more extensive than it has been in the last two years.  A big freeze hit the region right at the end of the shipping season, causing problems for several of the region’s biggest industries.


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