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Coalition hopes Congress will save Great Lakes funding

Feb 15, 2018
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Healing Our Waters, a coalition of environmental groups involved in protecting the Great Lakes, says President Trump’s 2019 budget and infrastructure plan are both “dead on arrival”.


Trump again seeks to slash Great Lakes funding

Feb 12, 2018

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.


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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen faced members of the US Senate Wednesday as she seeks a promotion to the federal bench.


Sturgeon recovery endangered on Lake Ontario

Jun 16, 2017
ANGELICA A

On the shores of the lower Niagara River, about 10 miles from Niagara Falls, a group of biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepare to examine the largest fish species in the Great Lakes region – the lake sturgeon.

Great Lakes mayors break with Trump on climate change

Jun 15, 2017
WBFO file photo

Mayors across the region, in both Canada and the U.S., are banding together against climate change.

Members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative are gathering this week in Montreal for an annual meeting.

They announced their plan to move forward with their support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Their move comes in response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The mayors also say they’ll push for U.S. funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which was eliminated from Trump’s budget plan.

Ben Thorp

Thousands of dams have been built across the Great Lakes region -- but many are old and in danger of collapsing. In Michigan, conservation groups and state agencies are pooling resources to remove or repair dams before it’s too late.

Derek Montgomery for MPR News

Long-standing plans to clean up the headwaters of Lake Superior have been thrown into doubt by Trump administration budget priorities.

Research on Lake Erie algae blooms imperiled

Jun 9, 2017
Elizabeth Miller

A lot of attention has been focused on President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out 300 million dollars a year for different projects.  But there are some other cuts in Trump’s “skinny budget” that would affect the region, including the National Sea Grant program.

Can Asian carp be kept out of Lake Michigan?

Jun 9, 2017
Chuck Quirmbach

President Donald Trump ’s 2018 budget plan eliminates $300 million in funding to restore the Great Lakes. The plan has sparked concerns among environmentalists, because a lot of that money is being spent to protect the lakes from a voracious fish known as the Asian carp.

Trump budget targets Great Lakes funding

May 23, 2017
Great Lakes Today

The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan today. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted.