As objectionable as the Trump Administration’s rumored 97% cut in Great Lake restoration is, lovers of the Great Lakes may be missing a bigger story that is difficult to tell.

In the long run, the President’s policies denying the existence of climate change, undoing two Obama initiatives that reduce mercury entering the Great Lakes, repealing the clean water rule and deferring a control plan for Asian carp could lead to the collapse of the Great Lakes as we know them.  And that should get more attention.  Taken together, the impacts of these other policies may cost 100 times more to rectify than is being cut from restoration funding.