After President Trump announced an up to 97 percent cut to funding for Great Lakes programs, advocates for the lakes are gathering in Washington, D.C., urging members of congress to keep federal restoration efforts on track. Jordan Lubetkin with Healing Our Waters is appalled with what the administration wants to do.
“We don't think we should accept cuts to a program that really is at the forefront of providing clean drinking water, outdoor recreation, and a thriving business environment. Businesses know in this region we have an ace on the table, it's the Great Lakes. There's nothing like it in the world and a healthy Great Lakes means a healthy economy and a healthy people and we need to keep that going.”
He says he's stumped by the proposed cut because in past meetings, representatives of the administration had spoken strongly about protecting the Great Lakes.