Senator Brown says President Trump betrayed region over cuts to Lake Erie funding

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - President Trump turned his back on Northwest Ohio - That's what one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Senate said on Monday.

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, knows what algal blooms can do, but he wanted to hear it first-hand from Northwest Ohioans. He called a round-table discussion at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in East Toledo.

Just moments before, he went after President Trump for his proposed elimination of funding to clean up Lake Erie.

"He won this election in the Great Lake states. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and to betray this region and this is a betrayal, to eliminate the funding in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, that's why the Mayor is fighting for this, it's why Marcy Kaptur fights for it," Brown said.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson agreed with the Senator's use of the word, "betrayal."

"The moment he was elected, I sent him a letter talking about what we need for the Great Lakes. I have sent a subsequent letter and I've had no response at all from him," Hicks-Hudson said.

At the round table, Dave Spangler of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association said the Lake was beautifully clear last summer, but toxic algal blooms in recent years have scared off some fishing enthusiasts.

"So we would be setting out there in the green pea soup as we call it. It's very ugly and has a smell to it. And people remembered that," Spangler said.

Sen. Brown said he will continue to fight for Great Lakes money.

"Means we have to be more vigilant. We have to work harder at it. We have to care more about it."

Also coming out of the round table were worries about funding cuts to the Ohio Sea gr ant Stone Lab, which closely studies algal blooms in Lake Erie.

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