WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Great Lakes Restoration funding could take a massive hit under the Trump administration. The president will likely unveil his budget proposal Thursday and it reportedly slash 97% of funding for the Great Lakes.
The Associated Press is also reporting that the proposed cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies are part of an effort to cut domestically to spent more on the military. The AP is also reporting that 3,000 jobs at the EPA will be eliminated.
"I hope it was a placeholder he put in a budget, not being able to fully understand what's needed," said Republican Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on clean up, preventing and controlling invasive species, and reducing runoff that contributes to harmful algal blooms.
The funding could be slashed from $300 million to $10 million.
"I don't even want to talk about slashing significantly less than that," Walberg added.
Democratic Senator Gary Peters is also concerned about lack of funding hunting drinking water for 40 million Americans.
"There are a lot of places where toxic chemicals are starting to leech into the great lakes," Peters said. "We have to clean those up. We have to make sure drinking water is clean for today and for future generations. "
Members of Congress also had to fight the Obama Administration for funding. The administration proposed $250 million for the Great Lakes. a $50 million cut. Congress was able to get the full amount.
Senator Rob Portman says he spoke with EPA administrator Scott Pruitt during his conformation hearings and "he told me during the confirmation process that he supported the program and I'm confident that he'll be helpful on the inside," he said.
We reached out to the White House for comment but never heard back.