President Trump’s 2019 budget outline has been released and Great Lakes funding would be cut substantially.
Released Monday, the budget outline reduces Great Lakes funding by 90 percent – to just $30 million. The money is used for projects like cleaning up pollution, protecting wildlife and rebuilding wetlands.
Last year, Trump zeroed out Great Lakes restoration funding in his proposed budget -- but Republicans and Democrats in Congress came together to restore the money.
Trump's spending plan also calls for slashing spending for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by about a third. Other programs remain almost fully funded, including those devoted to cleaning up Superfund sites and surface water protection.
Some officials have already announced opposition to the spending plan. And the National Wildlife Federation calls Trump’s proposal a non-starter.