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County fights federal cuts

Douglas County took a stand against proposed federal cuts to protect the environment.

The Douglas County Board on Thursday night adopted a resolution calling on President Trump and federal legislators to maintain funding levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and federal agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Army Corps of Engineers among others.

"These are proposed cuts, and hopefully, they won't be cut at all," said Supervisor Terry White. He said that about 60 congressmen and senators are in favor of funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Investments in Great Lakes restoration create short-term jobs and lead to long-term economic benefits for the Great Lakes states and the country; research shows that for every $1 invested in Great Lakes restoration generates $6 in return, and federally-funded positions in state agencies enforce critical environmental laws, according to the resolution adopted by the board. It was presented by the county's Land Conservation Committee.