by Sabrina Eaton,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Each federal dollar spent on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) generates roughly $3.35 in economic development from recreation, tourism and other industries, according to a new Great Lakes Commission study on the program’s socioeconomic benefits.

The federal program launched in 2010 has spent more than $2.5 billion on more than 3,600 projects so far. The Trump administration has called for its elimination, but members of Congress from the Great Lakes region have secured funds for its continuation.

Kathryn Buckner, who heads the Council of Great Lakes Industries, said the study performed by University of Michigan economists was conceived months before the Trump administration’s actions

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