- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s Democratic senator isn’t happy with President Barack Obama’s budget proposal to cut $50 million from a program to clean up the Great Lakes.

The president’s spending plan released Monday asks for $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That’s down from $300 million appropriated for this year.

Sen. Sherrod Brown says the algae blooms on Lake Erie and the water crisis in Toledo show the need protect the Great Lakes.

Brown says now isn’t the time to cut money that goes toward improving water quality in the Great Lakes.

The program in the budget focuses on the lakes’ most serious long-term ecological challenges such as invasive species, toxic pollution, degraded fish and wildlife habitat, and runoff from farms and cities that causes the toxic algae blooms.

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