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February 7th 2017

Updated Action Alert: Extended Deadline to Urge Representatives to Support GLRI Funding

A letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative fiscal year 2018 funding is circulating in the House of Representatives and the deadline has been extended.  We’re asking Representatives in the Great Lakes region to sign on to urge President Trump to include $300 million in his FY 2018 budget. The deadline is today, Thursday, February 9 – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to Representatives asking that they sign on to this letter. The letter is being circulated by Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

There are 44 sign-ons so far: Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), John Moolenaar (R-Mich.), Mike Bishop (R-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Dave Trott (R-Mich.), Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Darren Soto (D-Fla.).

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February 6th 2017

Action Alert: Urge Representatives to Sign On to Support GLRI Funding

A letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative fiscal year 2018 funding is circulating in the House of Representatives.  We’re urging Representatives in the Great Lakes region to sign on to urge President Trump to include $300 million in his FY 2018 budget. The deadline is tomorrow, February 7th – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to Representatives asking that they sign on to this letter. The letter is being circulated by Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), David Joyce (R-Ohio), and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.).

There are 19 sign-ons so far: Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.)

Please thank your members if they’ve signed on! The Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 will direct you to your member.

Offices should contact: Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov) to sign on.

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January 12th 2017

Great Lakes Update: Transition from Obama Administration to Trump Administration Begins

With a new Congress in session and the presidential transition only a few days away, Washington, D.C., has seen a flurry of activity over the past several weeks, with significant implications for the future of the Great Lakes and national environmental policy.

 

Trump Nominates Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt’s skepticism of manmade climate change and other positions have left many to question how he will lead the federal agency charged with implementing and enforcing the nation’s environmental laws. Despite this, Bloomberg BNA reports that Republican leadership in the Senate expect Mr. Pruitt to be confirmed as EPA Administrator.

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January 6th 2017

Weekly News Roundup: Habitat Restoration, Flint, and More

It’s a new year! Here’s some of the Great Lakes restoration news you may have missed this past week:

 

About $1.8 million in federal Farm Bill funding have been awarded to help protect the Huron River watershed, reports MLive.

 

The Buffalo News reports that the Western New York Land Conservancy is embarking on a project to restore the Niagara Gorge.

 

Ducks Unlimited has concluded a wetlands restoration project at Shiawassee Refuge, reports the Midland Daily News.

 

The Minnesota DNR fears that Lake Superior’s herring population may be in trouble following a decrease in commercial harvest, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

 

The Associated Press reports that Flint residents and businesses will remain eligible for state-funded credits on their water bills through March, following legislation to extend the reimbursements. Meanwhile, MLive reports that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will meet with water quality experts to discuss Flint’s water system in two weeks.

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January 5th 2017

Great Lakes Washington Update

The 115th Congress convened on Tuesday with both the House and Senate swearing in new members.  The House also re-elected Paul Ryan to be Speaker of the House, among other administrative duties.  The schedules in both chambers this week looks light, but next week things speed up as the Senate takes up a budget bill that allows the Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or at least parts of the ACA.  This kicks off what looks like a pretty aggressive legislative lineup that includes changes to environmental and other regulations, budget cuts to some agencies (EPA?) and increases to others (Defense?), tax cuts, and more.

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  • 2017 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference! The location and dates for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference has been announced. We will be in Buffalo, N.Y. October 17-19, 2017. As more information becomes available in the spring, please check back with our Great Lakes Restoration Conference website.  

  • 2017 Great Lakes Day

    Looking for information about the 2017 Great Lakes Day? Our annual education and outreach day will be held in Washington, D.C. March 15-16. Visit the Great Lakes Day website here for more information.

  • Our Latest Success Story

    Check out our latest success story: Erosive stream banks on the Knife River were restored by reducing the stress from water flowing into the bank, decreasing sedimentation in the Knife River. Read more here. Click here for a full list of our success stories.

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