Next week, more than 100 Great Lakes advocates from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York will be in Washington, D.C., as part of Great Lakes Days. Citizens will be meeting with federal public officials to discuss important issues that impact the Lakes and communities in the region. If you can’t attend Great Lakes Days, check out our resources page and see how you can participate online.
On Tuesday, March 4, prior to the start of Great Lakes Days, President Obama is set to release his FY2015 budget. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition views the budget as a barometer of the Administration’s support for Great Lakes programs. The two programs that we track most closely are the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which helps communities repair sewers to combat sewage overflows. We’ll follow up later in the week with more detailed analysis of the budget.
On Wednesday, March 5, Great Lakes Days begins and we’ll hear from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. The address begins at 2:15 PM Eastern. Any interested media should contact Jordan Lubetkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 734-904-1589.
On Thursday, March 6, the Coalition will release a more detailed analysis of the budget as it pertains to Great Lakes programs, including a look at historic funding levels for the programs we track. Additionally, our members will hold meetings with the Great Lakes congressional delegation throughout the day to advocate for continued support for Great Lakes restoration issues.
Finally, in preparation for Great Lakes Days, we’ve created success story slide shows for each state in the region. Find your state’s success stories here, and share with others!