U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Mark Kirk are urging their colleagues in the U.S. Congress to continue supporting efforts to restore the Great Lakes.
The co-leaders of the Great Lakes Task Force sent letters today urging continued support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore the Lakes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to beat back the Asian carp and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission to control the invasive sea lamprey.
U.S. senators lending their support for one or more of the letters include: Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
The support comes as the U.S. House of Representative and Senate discuss the fiscal year 2013 budget. Support from the Great Lakes congressional delegation will be crucial to beat back cuts to successful programs that are producing results in communities across eight-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.