ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 26, 2018) – Days after the passage of the fiscal year 2018 budget, which contained strong support for Great Lakes restoration programs in the budget for fiscal year 2019, 185 organizations urged the U.S. Congress to continue their support for restoration efforts. In letters to the U.S. House and Senate, organizations from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York urged public officials to maintain support for core Great Lakes programs that help protect the drinking water for more than 30 million people.
“The problems we face will only get worse and the price we pay will be much higher if the federal partnership with the region is scaled back,” the groups stated in the letters.
“The Great Lakes congressional delegation has delivered time and time again, and our message is straight forward: Keep it up,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We’ve made progress, but there’s more work to do. Strong support from members of congress in the next budget can keep us on the right track. Now is not the time to cut funding, since this restoration work will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait.”