Rep: Obama pledges further Great Lakes support

JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer Published:

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- A former adviser to President Barack Obama says the president would continue supporting a wide-ranging Great Lakes restoration program if re-elected. But Carol Browner says it's too soon to know how much money would be available during a second Obama term.

Browner previously advised Obama on energy and climate issues and is former chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. She spoke on his behalf Thursday at a candidates' forum during the annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Cleveland.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign did not send a representative to the event, although organizers announced earlier this week that both sides would take part.

Congress has approved Obama's requests for more than $1 billion in Great Lakes programs. Browner says that's a strong record and reflects a commitment to further action.