Who Needs Fresh Water Anyways, Apparently Not The Trump Administration

Donald Trump seems to be following the timeless March mantra of “In like a lion.”  He recently proposed the slashing of The Great Lakes funding by 97%. Well there goes the neighborhood.

And by neighborhood I mean my neighborhood.

I recognize that there are environmental injustices everywhere, but this one is happening in my backyard, like literally.  That is right!  I am  a proud Great Lakes girl, born and bred.  This initial 2018 budget proposal basically kills the Great Lakes restoration Initiative by slashing the grant program down to 10 million from 300 million. Um, that is no slash.  That there is a downright massacre!  Simply put, the  GLRI is multi year, multi agency effort to clean up the Great Lakes.  It works to ensure that the pollution remains at a minimum while the ecology of the lakes maintains its balance.  Along with our neighbors to the north America has  invested some 2.2 billion dollars in the project.  That is a boatload of money, but it is being spent on a precious and finite resource.  The Great Lakes contain some 95% of  America’s fresh water supply and provide drinking water for some thirty million people and those are some very real and important statistics.

Should this  cut proceed I for one am not looking forward to being surrounded by polluted bodies of water.  It isn’t like we haven’t been there before though.  Back in the 1960’s Lake Erie was coined ” North America’s Dead Sea.”  Thanks to some 64 million pounds of phosphorus being dumped into the body of water mass areas of Erie went dead.  My mom and her siblings grew up on Erie’s shores at the height of the pollution.  They used to play this (gross) game where they would go underwater and try to come up without a dead fish sitting on there heads. That is how bad it was.  I am not talking about a couple floaters here and there, we are talking The Walking Dead aquatic version.

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28 thoughts on “Who Needs Fresh Water Anyways, Apparently Not The Trump Administration

  1. People forget how polluted the Great Lakes used to be, not so long ago. And how much work it’s taken to make them clean again. Sad.

  2. That game your mum used to play sounds horrific..why would anyone play that haha. This is a very serious issue, how could anyone not see the importance of fresh water?! Trump never fails to surprise me Thanks for linking this us to #BlogCrush xx

  3. Well this post struck home, I too am a Great Lakes Girl. Our daughter, Harper, loves to fish in Lake Erie (we just fried up the last of our frozen perch). I have been wondering what will happen to the peninsula now that there won’t be funds for the beaches either. I take so much pride in the fact that Lake Erie is not the polluted horror show it once was and it disgusts and terrifies me that it may be again soon. #KCACOLS

  4. Oh no that’s terrible! I really don’t know what is going on in the world of politics anymore, it seems to have all gone completely to pot. Hopefully something will change and you’ll get to continue to live in a beautiful non polluted area 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  5. Trump seems determined to upset everybody how on earth did the amercian people vote for a complete idiot great post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  6. Gosh, I hadn’t heard about this. But to be honest Trump is doing so much random (and often scary) stuff that I’m not surprised. Only his more ‘international’ changes tend to make into on to the news over here. This must be so devastating for those of you who live nearby. And you make some great points that he doesn’t seems to think about the wider impacts, such as effects on jobs and the economy which are supposedly importantly to him. Some unsettling times ahead… #BlogCrush

  7. It is one unreal move after another with this guy. I hadn’t even gotten to this horrific part of the budget so I am glad you wrote about it. Unreal. We are going backwards on everything from social to environmental issues. I am really hoping something gives before he leaves us with a mess that our kids will still be trying to clean up. #FabFridayPost

  8. Seeing the breakdown of industries supported by the Great Lakes is pretty profound. Am I the only one who isn’t shocked to see a President unbothered by things like clean water. (I see you, Barack…and so does/did Flynn, Michigan.)

    I sort of blame us as a whole for not taking better care of our environment. It takes a village and all that jazz.


  9. The more I read about Trump the more convinced I am he just woke up one morning and thought “yeah I’m going to be president”. The scary thing is how many people thought it was a good idea!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  10. Politics can be like a sea of snakes sometimes. It can also be a great way for the people to speak through one person who can act in their best interest…..in a perfect world!:)

    Great post



  11. Gosh that is shocking! I agree that stuff probably needs to be cut back across the world but to drop by 97% is just shocking. Who or how is this going to work!! I feel for you and hope it turns out right. ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

  12. The great lakes sure are gorgeous! It would be a pity to see them not looked after! I’ve loved living in Michigan these past 2 years.. Let’s hope they come to their senses! #globalblogging

  13. We’re in Toronto so this will negatively impact us as well. Our city was once a contributing factor to the pollution of lake Ontario due to all the waterfront factories. When the effort to clean up the lakes began, all the factories were forced to move except for one. Redpath is a sugar manufacturer. They were allowed to remain because they use the lake water for their manufacturing but they actually purify the water they take in, use it in production to rinse their product, and then dump it back in the lake cleaner than it was. So they are actually cleaning the lake ever so slowly. #FabFridayPost

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