The Great Lakes Task Force is putting the full press on the subcommittee responsible for deciding how much money the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will get.

In a strongly worded letter to their colleague Rep. Norman Dicks, the Chair of the Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations, the Task Force makes a compelling argument for full funding of the $475 million initiative in the 2010 Interior budget.

The President’s initiative would address the most egregious problems in the lakes such as invasive species, toxic pollution and non-point source pollution immediately.

The problem is this – even though $475 million has been authorized it is only a recommendation to the people dolling out the dollars – people who may have no love for, or understanding of, the Great Lakes. There is huge competition on the Hill right now for every last cent.

The Appropriations Committee is expected to consider this part of the budget as early as the first week of June so it is really important that you call your Representatives to urge them to sign onto this letter this week – the deadline is Thursday, May 21. You can get connected to your Representative by calling the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

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