Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but it is already time to start planning for the 2012 edition of Great Lakes Days in Washington, D.C. The event will be held Feb. 28-29 in Washington.
Every year, more than 100 citizens from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin travel to our nation’s capital to educate public officials about the importance of the Great Lakes to the region’s economy and quality of life.
“Citizens have been instrumental in making Great Lakes restoration a priority with the U.S. Congress and President Obama,” said Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Restoration activities are producing results—but there is more work to do. Great Lakes Days provide an important opportunity to underscore the importance of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to people, businesses and communities.”
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition hosts Great Lakes Days in collaboration with the Great Lakes Commission and Northeast-Midwest Institute. The coalition hosts training sessions for Great Lakes advocates and help arrange meetings with Congressional staffers and public officials.
One of the key topics at the 2012 event will be educating members of Congress about the need for continued funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Stay tuned for more details—including information on office visits with U.S. Senate and House offices.