Troubled Waters | Trump and the Great Lakes

President Trump’s budget outline eliminated $300 million in annual funds earmarked for the Great Lakes, and made other cuts to agencies that work to restore and protect the lakes.

Great Lakes Today will examine the impact of those cuts in a series of reports.

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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.

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Jun 13, 2017
Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio

Part 2 in a series about President Trump's budget

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan eliminates a $300 million program to restore the Great Lakes. The plan is sparking concern among environmentalists, because a lot of that money is used to protect the lakes from a voracious fish known as the Asian carp.

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Jun 12, 2017

President Trump's 2018 budget eliminates $300 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has funded wetlands restorations, pollution cleanup and much more.  

This interactive graphic shows how major federal agencies such as the EPA and the Fish and Wildlife Service have spread the money among the eight Great Lakes states.