From the Sierra Club:
“In his first budget President Trump has doubled-down on his negligent disregard for the environment, public health, and future generations. Trump’s proposed budget slashes funding for the EPA by 31% and eliminates 3,200 employees. Included in these cuts, is a complete defunding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).
The GLRI provides critical funding for environmental and public health projects in Ohio used to improve water quality, protect and restore wetlands, clean up contaminated areas a and keep beaches open. Since 2010 Ohio has received more than $182 million to implement 192 projects.
Despite past investments, Lake Erie continues to face significant challenges. Toxic algal blooms plague Lake Erie annually and have been increasing in frequency and severity over the last several years. Protecting Lake Erie is critical for protecting the drinking water for 3 million Ohioans, preserving unique recreational opportunities, and safeguarding a significant economic driver for the state. Annually, over $12.8 billion is spent by visitors to Ohio’s Lake Erie region, accounting for almost 30% of the state’s annual tourism dollars and supporting nearly 119,000 jobs in northern Ohio.
The GLRI is critical to protecting Ohio’s environment and public health. Tell Senators Brown and Portman to reject the defunding of the GLRI.
Personal stories make a big impact on elected leaders. Make sure to add a personal reason about why the Great Lakes are important to you.”