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Federal budget cuts could affect Lake Erie
Environmental advocates worry that the 25 million dollar cuts toward the Great Lakes could have a long-term impact
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
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Federal funding cuts, known as sequestration, will affect more than just America’s economy, it could also impact Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

Advocates from the Great Lake states are concerned an automatic cut in President Obama’s commitment from $300 million to $275 million will slow the restoration process.

Jordan Lubetkin is a spokesman for Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. He says there is a connector between preserving the lakes and rebuilding the economy—with every dollar invested, two dollars are produced in economic benefit.

Hear Lubetkin on why federal funding is important for the Great Lakes

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“We know that what’s good for the Great Lakes is also good for the economy.  And if we cut or diminish our investment in cleaning up Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes, we will not see that kind of investment.  That’s why we are really pushing lawmakers in Congress and the Obama Administration to maintain the Great Lakes as a national priority,” Lubetkin said.

Lubetkin says Congress would save more money if it invests into protecting the Great Lakes now before problems, ranging from farm runoff to invasive species, worsen and become more expensive to treat. 

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