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Troubled Waters: Trump and the Great Lakes

Series produced by Great Lakes Today

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A look at the impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts

President Trump's 2018 budget plan eliminates $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which funds projects across the region. His plan also cuts spending for agencies that combat pollution, restore wetlands and oversee other improvements on the lakes. This series looks at threatened project on each of the Great Lakes.


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Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / USFWS biologists prepare to examine a lake sturgeon, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / USFWS biologists prepare to examine a lake sturgeon
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 Biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been using federal funding to monitor the health of ...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: A piece of walleye head meat before it gets blended with dry ice - the first step in extracting the microcystin toxin from the fish tissue.a, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 By now, most of us have heard that President Trump wants to eliminate a 300-million-dollar program created t...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:47
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Caption: Working for U.S. Steel, employees from Barr Engineering install instruments that measure groundwater seepage and flow between the sediments and St. Louis river. Data collected from the instruments will help in the design, construction and installation of , Credit: Derek Montgomery for MPR News
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 President Trump's budget plan eliminates $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- hurting ...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
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Caption: Chris Pierce oversees the removal of dam on the Maple River, Credit: Ben Thorp
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 A look at a northern Michigan dam removal project that is threatened by President Trump's budget plan. The p...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:41
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Caption: Kiowa pushes barges over electric carp barrier , Credit: Chuck Quirmbach
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 President Trump's 2018 eliminates $300 million for projects along the Great Lakes. That threatens efforts to...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 9