Kaptur, Brown Push To Restore Great Lakes Funding

Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Ohio Democrats in Congress hope to short circuit a Republican move to slash funding to Clean up and protect the Great Lakes.

Last week a house committee voted to cut the bi-partisan Great Lakes Initiative by 80 percent.

That's set off protests from politicians, environmental activists and the tourism industry. Here's Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who along with Senator Sherrod Brown spoke out Monday at Edgewater Park on the Lake Erie shore.

KAPTUR: "The current fiscal year were are spending $285 million in the program, and the proposal is to reduce it to $60 million, which is essentially "surrender." And we just can't accept that."

The Great Lakes Initiative was developed as a comprehensive effort to attack lakes degradation on multiple fronts - from wetlands restoration to reducing pollution and protecting against invasive species. It was first funded in 2010 at $475 million dollars, but that level declined to $300 million this year. The federal sequestration cut an additional $15 million.

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