REPORT: Trump budget cuts reduce water cleanup programs

BY TEAM DML / FEBRUARY 13, 2018 /

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The Trump administration is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.  This marks the second year in a row the White House has aimed to make such a move.

Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency released Monday would cut funding by 90 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which aims to tackle to pollution in the world’s biggest surface freshwater system — and a similar program for Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary.

The Trump cuts would remove all EPA funding of cleanup programs for the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Champlain, Long Island Sound, San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound and South Florida, including the Everglades and Keys.

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