An effort to increase funding for cleanup and restoration of the Great Lakes took a small step forward when a proposed plan was recently approved by a congressional committee.
If the plan approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee eventually makes its way to the desk of President Donald Trump, funding would increase from $300 million to $475 million per year for the next five years, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The money would be used to clean up pollution in the lakes, as well as to restore fish and wildlife habitats and other uses.
“This is excellent news for the 30 million people who count on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs and quality of life,” Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Water-Great Lakes Coalition, told the Tribune.
The bill must still get approved by the full House of Representatives and then by the Senate before it gets to the White House.