Activists promise fight for more Great Lakes money


Activists say they're dissatisfied with President Barack Obama's spending plan for Great Lakes cleanup and will ask Congress for more money.

Obama successfully requested $475 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in his 2010 budget, but is seeking just $300 million in the fiscal 2011 plan released this week.

Great Lakes advocacy groups said Wednesday they will lobby Congress to boost next year's total to at least $475 million.

Andy Bucshbaum of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition praised Obama for requesting historically high amounts of money for the lakes.

But he said still more is needed to deal with long-underfunded problems such as toxic sediments and invasive species. He said restoring the lakes will boost the economy and create jobs.