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President Trump announces he would back $300 million in funding for Great Lakes

Posted at 10:06 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 18:05:53-04

CLEVELAND — There's good news for the Great Lakes and the effort to clean them up. In a rally in Grand Rapids, President Trump changed course, announcing he would support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Just last month, the President's proposed budget suggested cutting the funding 90%, from 300 million dollars to just 30 million dollars.

"I'm going to get, in honor of my friends, full funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which you’ve been trying to get for over 30 years," he said to the crowds. "It’s time."

Many organizations have lobbied for this in Washington.

The funding will be used, in part, to make sure the water quality is high-- which is important here in Ohio because about a quarter of the population in the state relies on Lake Erie for its water supply.

It will also make sure the water is clear from harmful algae blooms and invasive species, like Asian Carp.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seemed pleased with the move.

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