WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama released his proposed 2015 budget today, which contains cuts to core Great Lakes programs.
The Obama Administration is recommending $275 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – a cut of $25 million from current funding levels of $300 million and a reduction of $200 million from the initial funding proposed by President Obama in 2009. That year, the Obama Administration launched the program with bipartisan congressional leadership to jumpstart what had been a lagging federal effort to restore the Lakes—the source of drinking water for more than 30 million people. The initiative has been widely credited with helping address urgent threats to the Lakes, including toxic pollution, aquatic invasive species, runoff from farms and cities, and habitat destruction.
President Obama’s budget proposes $1.018 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund – a cut of approximately $430 million from current funding levels. More >