Cmsr. Davis Addresses Concerns About Great Lakes, Trump's 2020 Budget Plan

Mike Krauser
March 14, 2019 - 1:04 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A commissioner with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and President Obama’s point man on Great Lakes issues is sounding the alarm about the Trump Administration’s 2020 budget plan.  

Commissioner Cameron Davis wrote in an op-ed piece in the Tribune that the White House’s budget “is supposed to be a statement of our values as a society and country.” But he said it is lacking.

He is alarmed that the budget would cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $30 million. Congress has pushed back twice before.

“That’s not enough to really even keep the lights on, let alone to help restore these magnificent water bodies that give use drinking water, that provide us with fishing and recreation and quality of life that we have around this region," he said.

Davis said the Obama Administration also proposed to cut the budget, too, "so this is not a partisan problem, this is something that happens perennially. Every year is a new adventure when it comes to these programs. You can never take it for granted. And I think what is interesting this time around, is that the Republican controlled Senate has actually recommended an increase in funding."

Twice the Trump administration has tried to cut funding and both Republicans and Democrats pushed back. 

“Because it’s getting results,” he said. “The projects that go on in places like Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and all the way across the New York and Minnesota are projects that get stuff done.” 

The initiative funds numerous water quality efforts throughout the Great Lakes region. 

Read Commissioner Cameron Davis' op-ed "The Great Lakes Need Investment If We Want To Maintain Safe Drinking Water."