Great Lakes Restoration Initiative “Real consequences” in Trump’s budget for Great Lakes, community funding, heating aid By Stateside Staff • Mar 17, 2017 Listen Listening... / Stateside's conversation with Todd Spangler, Capitol Hill reporter for the Detroit Free Press. President Donald Trump released his budget plan today. The Pentagon and Homeland Security win big in the plan while the Great Lakes, Community Development Block Grants, the EPA, heating assistance for the poor and the arts lose big. Funding for Great Lakes protection at risk? By Rebecca Williams • Mar 7, 2017 Listen Listening... / Listen to today's Environment Report. Early budget indications suggest the Trump administration could slash funding for the Great Lakes. There are many possible cuts to EPA programs. Great Lakes restoration money could be cut by 97%, and money for beach monitoring could be also at risk. Building a comeback for the Detroit River By editor • Oct 20, 2015 Listen Listening... / Listen to today's Environment Report. There are 12 toxic hot spots in Michigan called Areas of Concern. These are places in the Great Lakes basin where pollution and development have damaged the ecosystems. The Detroit River is on this list. Before the Clean Water Act, industries on the river treated it as a dumping ground – think waste in the billions of gallons.