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Funding Cuts to Great Lakes Restoration?

Funding Cuts to Great Lakes Restoration?

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides money for habitat restoration, keeping invasive species out of the Lakes, and cleaning up polluted areas. (Photo by Rebecca Williams)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 02/15/2011

Summary:
Members of Congress are still going over President Obamaís 2012 budget.

In it, the President calls for major cuts to a program for Great Lakes restoration. Itís called the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The goal is to restore habitat... clean up pollution... and keep new invasive species out of the Lakes.

Initially, President Obama requested $475 million for the program. He got that under a democratic Congress. Now he wants to cut $125 million out of next yearís budget.

Jeff Skelding is the campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

What would these funding cuts mean for Great Lakes restoration?



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