Divided Congress is united on need to restore the Great Lakes

Congress can’t seem to agree on much these days, except the need to restore the Great Lakes.

Congress and President Obama have provided more than $1 billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past three years. That unprecedented level of support for Great Lakes restoration is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Congress.

“Everything you hear about Congress is that it’s broken; the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the exception to that,” said Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We’ve had bipartisan support for Great Lakes restoration. We’ve had the GLRI for three years now and we want it forever.”

Skelding said 2012 is “as critical a year as we’ve had” when it comes to securing federal funding for Great Lakes restoration programs.

“We have a critical election coming up, the Farm Bill re-authorization is coming up, which is huge for the Great Lakes, and we’re dealing with Asian carp,” Skelding said.




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