Donald Trump has recently agreed to fully fund the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. His initial budget proposal this year cut the fund by 90%, but at a rally in Michigan, he changed his stance and agreed to fund the conservation project fully.
The funds are used to target threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, including cleaning up toxic substances, blocking invasive species, restoring habitats and reducing the causes of harmful algal blooms.
Since 2010 the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has provided funding to 16 federal organizations to target the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem strategically and to accelerate progress toward achieving long term goals:
- Fish safe to eat
- Water safe for recreation
- Safe source of drinking water
- All Areas of Concern delisted
- Harmful/nuisance algal blooms eliminated
- No new self-sustaining invasive species
- Existing invasive species controlled
- Native habitat protected and restored to sustain native species
In President Trumps speech in Michigan he said, “We have some breaking news!”
“You ready? Can you handle it?” he asked. “I don’t think you can handle it. I support the Great Lakes. Always have. They are beautiful. They are big, very deep, record deepness, right? And I am going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which you have been trying to get for over 30 years. So, we will get it done.”
This is the second time the Trump administration has sided with conservation this month!