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Trump Budget Guts Great Lakes Cleanup Program

May 25, 2017

The Trump administration wants state and local governments to pay for programs that cleanup polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes.

But supporters of those programs say the cleanups are already a team effort. They are fighting a proposal in the U.S. EPA's 2018 budget plan to cut 427 million dolalrs for regional waterway restoration like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Many members of Congress in both parties also oppose defunding the cleanup efforts, which are popular with constituents. Supporters say federal grants often require state or local funding matches. And federal agencies can help forge agreements among states that compete with each other economically and may have significant political differences.