Reader’s View: Minn. waterways lose in Trump budget

Reader’s View: Minn. waterways lose in Trump budget.
After reading the News Tribune’s June 1 editorial (Our View: "Don’t give up on Great Lakes now"), I am deeply concerned about what the budget proposed by President Donald Trump would mean for clean-water protections in Minnesota.
As the editorial mentioned, Duluth and other places on Lake Superior have benefited greatly from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program Trump seems to be seeking to eliminate, even though it provides critical tools for cleaning up industrial contamination and pollution.
Sadly, there are other proposed cuts readers also should know about.
Slashing these funds could result in an increase in water pollution across the entire state — not just near Lake Superior.
Clean drinking water, tourism revenue, fishing, recreation and the way of life Minnesotans enjoy all depend on the waterways of the state.
U.S. Sens.
Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken should reject Trump’s proposed budget.
Tasha Statz-Geary Gloucester, Mass.
The writer is from Environment Minnesota.

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