Our Great Lakes are a vital natural resource and treasure in America that holds 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply. It's an ecosystem so vast in size, breathtakingly beautiful and unique, that it brings pride to us and to the 85 million people who live in the region.
President Trump’s proposed EPA budget alarmingly slashes funding by 97 percent for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) that protects and restores these lakes. Since 2010, more than 2,000 projects have helped to improve water quality, protect native wildlife, control invasive species, and clean up toxic pollutants. Cutting the GLRI budget from $300 million annually to $10 million halts this important work which impacts our waters and wildlife as well as the millions of people that call this area our home.
The numerous local projects have given us cleaner water, healthy habitats and vibrant communities across all eight Great Lakes states. Ohioans enjoy Lake Erie for a multitude of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, bird watching and much more. Many of us remember a time when it was unsafe to participate in these activities, to enjoy this beautiful lake. It provides clean drinking water to millions of people and provides shelter, food and rest for millions of threatened migratory birds. Thousands of raptors, waterfowl and wetland birds rely on these lakes for food and safe nesting grounds as well.
Canton Audubon Society urges Congress to oppose this drastic funding cut.
Contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, ask them to oppose this budget proposal. We must ensure that our Great Lakes continue to provide clean water for people and wildlife that depend on them.
Canton Audubon Society,
Linda Chen, president