They might, however, give the U.S. Senate a nice glass of cool, clean water.
You see, the representatives have called for a nearly 80 percent cut in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. These initiatives help cities modernize their sewer systems to prevent sewage runoff into Great Lakes tributaries, as well as work to clean up the lakes and prevent the spread of invasive species.
Both of these initiatives are critical to the Tri-Cities and all lakefront communities in our fine state.
The House proposed in its budget-slashing funding to the restoration initiative from $285 million to $60 million, and cutting from the clean water fund by another $1.1 billion.
The Senate, in its proposed budget, took a different tact — offering $300 million for the restoration initiative and investing $1.45 billion into the clean water fund.
It would seem that our senators see the immense value of our Great Lakes. Without the proper funding, water quality and economic interest such as tourism and fishing would suffer greatly.
We side with the many fishery commissions, environmentalists and community leaders who are pushing for better funding. Because every dime and drop of water is worth it.
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