But Ohio environmental advocacy groups contend that even the suggestion of steep and sweeping cuts is reason enough for alarm.
"Defunding an agency keeps them from adequately moving at the speed of business," said Kristy Meyer, managing director of resources at the Ohio Environmental Council. "President Trump is following through on his commitment that the U.S. EPA is a bad agency. He is essentially killing it through the back door."...
Among the proposals by the Trump administration is one to slash Great Lakes restoration funding by 97 percent — from $300 million to $10 million.
"It's going to hit Lake Erie hard," said Meyer. "We're not going to see the progress we need. I hope it doesn't mean we're going to backslide."