Some environmentalist groups say slashing funding for the EPA wouldn't be good for the Great Lakes. President Obama's proposed 2012 budget would cut 125 million dollars slated for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Cameron Davis is a senior advisor to the EPA on Great Lakes issues.
As far as we know, there is no equivalent of the Loch Ness monster cruising the Great Lakes' waters. But in recent years Asian carp have become something of a regional environmental menace because of their size, population and need to feed.
The Obama Administration is outlining initiatives for next year to prevent Asian carp from making its way into the Great Lakes.
John Goss is the White House carp czar. He said the feds are working with local governments to up protection in and around the Great Lakes.
An environmental group is recommending the separation of Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin to fend off Asian Carp.The National Resources Defense Council's report says permanent barriers would also improve the city's outdated water system.Henry Henderson is with the NRDC.