WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2017) – Days after leaked Trump Administration budget numbers telegraphed steep cuts of up to 97 percent for core Great Lakes programs, advocates for the lakes are gathering in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of congress to keep federal restoration efforts on track.
“We have many strong Great Lakes champions in Congress,” said Todd Ambs, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, “and we’re looking forward to working with them to maintain full funding for our core programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Great Lakes investments are producing results, but serious threats remain. Cutting funding now will only make projects more difficult and expensive the longer we wait.”
This annual gathering, known as Great Lakes Day, brings in around 100 citizens from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to meet with members of congress to discuss the impact restoration funding has had on their communities, their jobs, and their way of life. Great Lakes Day is March 15-16 this year and is hosted by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and the Great Lakes Commission.
Great Lakes advocates will hold a rally today at the U.S. Capitol which will be streamed on Facebook Live. Tune in at 3 p.m. Eastern at https://www.facebook.com/healthylakes/
Activists from around the region will be asking their U.S. representatives and senators to: More >