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April 25th 2017

Senate Hears Testimony on Rule Vital to the Health of the Great Lakes

Clean drinking water benefits all of us. The EPA and Army Corps’ rule will restore clean drinking water protections across the United States. Photo from iStock Photo.

On Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. eastern the Senate Environment and Public Works committee will hold a hearing on the Waters of the United States Rule, more commonly known as the Clean Water Rule. You can watch the hearing live, here. To learn more about the Clean Water Rule, read our Frequently Asked Questions page. We’ll be live-tweeting the hearing, so join us on Twitter @healthylakes and check out our social media guide for the hearing. Of particular note for the Great Lakes region is that Sens. Kristin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) are both members of the committee.

The landmark 1972 Clean Water Act took a major step forward in protecting the drinking water in the United States from pollution and toxins. However, starting with a Supreme Court case in 2001, the extent of the waters protected by the Clean Water Act began to become less clear. By 2006 (and a second Supreme Court case) it was obvious that something would be needed to clarify the extent of the Clean Water Act or streams and wetlands throughout the country–which millions rely on for drinking water–would go dangerously unprotected from pollution.

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April 24th 2017

13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference Request for Proposals Now Open

WANTED: Individuals to lead dynamic, engaging and fun field trips and presentations at the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition’s 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo, New York, October 17-19, 2017.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is issuing a request for field trips and presentations for the conference. Please share widely with your networks! Deadline for submissions: May 26, 2017.

For more information please read the request for proposals before downloading and filling out the field trip application and/or presentation application. Please return all applications and direct all questions to Celia Haven, Field Manager, at havenc@nwf.org.

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April 11th 2017

Coalition Urges Congress to Support Great Lakes Investments

Workers remove invasive species in Michigan, thanks to Great Lakes funding. Photo courtesy of Gail Heffner.

Ann Arbor, Mich. (April 11, 2017) – As the uproar continues over the Trump Administration’s budget proposal to eliminate core Great Lakes programs, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is turning to the U.S. Congress to restore funding to federal programs that are essential in protecting the drinking water for more than 30 million Americans.

 

The Coalition—and more than 150 of its members and partners in the eight-state region of Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York—today sent letters to U.S. House and Senate appropriators, urging them to support a robust Great Lakes agenda.

 

“Millions of people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life are counting on Congress to stay the course and not give up before the job is done,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Federal investments are producing results for the environment and economy—but serious threats remain. Stopping federal investments now will only make restoration efforts more difficult and expensive the longer we wait.”

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March 30th 2017

U.S. House Pushes Back to Restore Great Lakes Funding, In Wake of Proposed Trump Administration Cuts

Ann Arbor, Mich. (March 30, 2017) – In the wake of President Trump’s budget outline released earlier this month that would eliminate Great Lakes restoration programs, 63 Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives today sent a letter to House appropriators, asking that Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding be restored to $300 million in fiscal year 2018. The Trump Administration’s budget outline proposed complete cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, from $300 million annually to zero.

 

Read the letter here.

 

“The overwhelming bi-partisan Congressional support for federal Great Lakes restoration investments underscores how important the lakes are to the millions of people who depend on them for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We agree with our Great Lakes congressional champions who have been standing up strongly and pushing back on the Trump Administration’s deeply flawed and misguided budget. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is producing results for the region, but we have more work to do. Now is not the time to cut funding as projects will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait. We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats to restore funding and keep federal restoration efforts on track.”

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March 23rd 2017

Action Alert: Sign On to Urge Appropriators to Fully Fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

In the wake of President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which zeroed out the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative among other critical programs, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a letter urging House Appropriators to restore funding to the GLRI. Read the sign on letter to appropriators here.

You may contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Reinforce the impact of your call on social media (list of Members of Congress’ twitter handles here).

The letter has closed, with a record 63 members signed on!

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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.  

  • Tools for Great Lakes Advocates

      We need your help! Let Members of Congress know how important the Great Lakes are to you: for swimming, for fishing, for our drinking water, and for our way of life. Find tips and tools here for reaching out to Members of Congress and engaging in the conversation.

  • 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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