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March 23rd 2017

Action Alert: Sign On to Urge Appropriators to Fully Fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

In the wake of President Trump’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which zeroed out the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative among other critical programs, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are circulating a letter urging House Appropriators to restore funding to the GLRI. Read the sign on letter to appropriators here.

You may contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Reinforce the impact of your call on social media (list of Members of Congress’ twitter handles here).

The letter has closed, with a record 63 members signed on!

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March 16th 2017

Trump Budget Eliminates Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Leaving Fate of Lakes in Hands of U.S. Congress

A storm rolls into Chicago off of Lake Michigan. Photo credit: L.S. Gerstner NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2017)—The Trump Administration’s budget released today eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a popular program responsible for cleaning up toxic pollution, restoring wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species and reducing runoff from cities and farms. The cuts are part of the administration’s efforts to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by $2.6 billion, almost one-third of the budget for the agency responsible for ensuring every American has clean, safe drinking water. During the presidential campaign, representatives of Trump pledged to support federal Great Lakes restoration investments.

Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:

“For the 30 million people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, health, jobs, and way of life, the Trump Administration budget is a total non-starter. The Trump Administration’s budget makes it abundantly clear that real leadership to benefit the people of Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois will have to come from Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, who have worked together over the last seven years to invest in Great Lakes restoration projects that are producing results for the environment and economy in local communities across the region. We look forward to working with Congress to restore funding to these important programs to ensure that Great Lakes restoration remains a top national priority.”

Read the White House budget here. Information about cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are on page 41-42.

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March 15th 2017

Great Lakes Advocates in D.C. to Urge Congress to Keep Restoration Efforts on Track

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2017) – Days after leaked Trump Administration budget numbers telegraphed steep cuts of up to 97 percent for core Great Lakes programs, advocates for the lakes are gathering in Washington, D.C., to meet with members of congress to keep federal restoration efforts on track.

“We have many strong Great Lakes champions in Congress,” said Todd Ambs, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, “and we’re looking forward to working with them to maintain full funding for our core programs like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Great Lakes investments are producing results, but serious threats remain. Cutting funding now will only make projects more difficult and expensive the longer we wait.”

This annual gathering, known as Great Lakes Day, brings in around 100 citizens from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York to meet with members of congress to discuss the impact restoration funding has had on their communities, their jobs, and their way of life. Great Lakes Day is March 15-16 this year and is hosted by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and the Great Lakes Commission.

Great Lakes advocates will hold a rally today at the U.S. Capitol which will be streamed on Facebook Live. Tune in at 3 p.m. Eastern at https://www.facebook.com/healthylakes/

Activists from around the region will be asking their U.S. representatives and senators to: More >

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March 9th 2017

Coalition: Trump Administration Proposed Cuts to Great Lakes Programs, EPA Unacceptable

Republicans, Democrats in Congress key to protecting Great Lakes, clean water programs

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 9, 2017)—The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today expressed deep concern with the rumored Trump Administration’s budget cuts that would gut core Great Lakes programs, roll back Clean Water Act protections, and delay federal action to respond to serious threats like the invasive Asian carp. Absent a change in course from the Trump Administration, the Coalition is looking to work with the U.S. Congress to keep federal restoration efforts on track.

 

“The administration’s actions over the last few weeks threaten to stop federal Great Lakes restoration efforts in their tracks and undermine gains we’ve made,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We strongly urge the White House to reverse course and put forward a strong Great Lakes budget that is in the best interest of the millions of people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, job, and way of life.”

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March 8th 2017

Press Briefing: Trump Administration Proposed Cuts, Rollbacks—Implications for Great Lakes

Leaked preliminary budget numbers from the Trump Administration contain drastic cuts to core Great Lakes restoration programs. The proposed cuts—from $300 million down to $10 million—come at a time when the Trump Administration has released a slew of executive orders, several rolling back clean water and other environmental protections. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition will host a briefing with reporters chronicling recent current events and what they mean for federal Great Lakes restoration efforts: What are the impacts on Great Lakes cleanup efforts? Implications nationally? What can be done? What does the U.S. Congress have to say about all this?

WHEN:
Thursday, March 9, 2017
11 A.M. Eastern

CALL-IN:
Contact Jordan Lubetkin or our general account for call-in information.

WHO:
Todd Ambs, campaign director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
Chad Lord, policy director, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
Joy Mullinex, co-chair, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, and director of government relations, Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Join the call and participate in the Q&A.

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  • 2017 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference! The location and dates for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference has been announced. We will be in Buffalo, N.Y. October 17-19, 2017. As more information becomes available in the spring, please check back with our Great Lakes Restoration Conference website.  

  • Tools for Great Lakes Advocates

      We need your help! Let Members of Congress know how important the Great Lakes are to you: for swimming, for fishing, for our drinking water, and for our way of life. Find tips and tools here for reaching out to Members of Congress and engaging in the conversation.

  • Our Latest Success Story

    Check out our latest success story: Erosive stream banks on the Knife River were restored by reducing the stress from water flowing into the bank, decreasing sedimentation in the Knife River. Read more here. Click here for a full list of our success stories.

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