Great Lakes, great stakes: A hostile EPA threatens to undo past progress

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President Trump’s EPA head Scott Pruitt likens environmental stewardship to harvesting an apple orchard. But what if that orchard is bordered by eight states and two nations? What if it holds 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater? > The Progressive

Baldwin, U.S. Senate stick up for Great Lakes protection

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Congress is wisely reversing President Trump’s irresponsible attempt to cut $300 million in annual funding for Great Lakes restoration. A key Senate committee last week included the money in a spending bill for 2018, with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin helping to lead the bipartisan effort. > Wisconsin State Journal

Baldwin sounds alarm over delays in stopping Asian carp from reaching Great Lakes

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in raising alarm over the continued delay in finalizing the Brandon Road Study, a critical action-plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. > Wisconsin Gazette

Foxconn project creating interest and concern in Great Lakes Basin

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A group representing mayors from around the Great Lakes says it’s concerned about exemptions from environmental regulations being given by Wisconsin for the large Foxconn electronics factory planned for Racine County. > Wisconsin Public Radio

While Trump dithers, Asian carp disaster threatens Great Lakes

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Asian carp have breached an electric barrier near Chicago and been discovered just nine miles from Lake Michigan, raising fears that an ecological disaster awaits the Great Lakes fishery. With the Trump administration sitting on a plan that might stop the invasive fish, lawmakers are demanding its release. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Invasive Asian carp found close to Lake Michigan

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Despite electric barriers in Illinois waterways to contain the invasive fish, a commercial fishermen caught an Asian carp 9 miles from Lake Michigan Thursday. Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Tammy Baldwin are among lawmakers calling for the release of a delayed Army Corps study that outlines options for preventing the spread of Asian carp. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Grothman doubts Great Lakes funding will be zeroed out

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Trump wants to shut down the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which currently receives federal funding worth $300 million a year. But U.S. Rep. Glen Grothman said: “I think a lot of it is going to be restored. I’d be shocked if most of it wasn’t restored.” > Wisconsin Public Radio