Titled “A Budget for a Better America,” the Trump administration’s 2020 budget released on Monday makes another attempt to subject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to draconian funding cuts and proposes to all but eliminate the Obama-era Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
As residents, researchers and lawmakers learn more about how industrial chemicals are permeating household water supplies, MLive Media Group and Detroit Public Television are collaborating to report stories that will help further public understanding of this latest water crisis.
Although the Lucas County Board of Elections in a 3-0 vote approved the ballot initiative last month, a second protest filed the day after Christmas on behalf of Josh Abernathy is before the Ohio Supreme Court and could, ultimately, prevent the grassroots initiative from appearing on the ballot.
In a private interview with Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Now, outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he is proud of his Great Lakes accomplishments during his eight-year tenure as governor.
Legacy cyanobacteria cells (also called bluegreen algae), which can produce the strain of microcystis responsible for microcystin toxins during late-summer as well as harmful algal blooms (HABS) in autumn on Lake Erie, may be helping jump-start the blooms or otherwise contribute to rapid development of blooms, without respect to current rain events or nutrient run-off from agricultural fields, according to a recently released study.