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June 15th 2016

Funding Opportunity: Chicago Area Restoration Funding Available

The Chi-Cal Rivers Fund has announced their 2016 request for proposals. Read the RFP here. The fund is offering up to $1.7 million in awards this year, with individual projects awarded between $100,000 and $300,000. Grant funding is available for work in the Chicago and Calumet region for projects focused on green stormwater infrastructure, habitat enhancement, or public-use improvement. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; and state, tribal, and local governments. Deadline for submissions is July 27th, 2016. More information can be found on the Chi-Cal Rivers Fund website.

Additionally, Chi-Cal Rivers Fund partners will host a webinar on June 22, 2016 to provide information about this funding opportunity.  More >

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June 14th 2016

Watch: Great Lakes Mayors and City Officials Gather to Discuss Priorities

Thursday and Friday of this week, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative members will gather in Buffalo, N.Y. to hold their annual meeting. Mayors and city officials from around the region will come together to discuss shared priorities and issues of concern, including access to safe drinking water, challenges from climate change, the importance of sustainability, and the forecast for the 2016 algae bloom on Lake Erie. Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau will be covering the events with live stream starting at 8:15a on Thursday, June 16 and starting at 8:30a on Friday, June 17.

Check out the live stream, below:

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May 24th 2016

House Subcommittee to Vote Wednesday on Great Lakes Program Funding

Grassy Point wetland in Duluth, Minnesota. Removing wood waste from abandoned factories has helped restore the health of the wetland. Photo from U.S. EPA, taken by P. Collins.

Grassy Point wetland in Duluth, Minnesota has benefited from Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. Removing wood waste from abandoned factories helped restore the health of the wetland. Photo from U.S. EPA, taken by P. Collins.

The U.S. House Interior and Environment subcommittee has scheduled a markup of its appropriations bill for Wednesday, May 25. The legislation contains proposed funding levels for several core Great Lakes programs. Based on the draft that was released today, the bill contains:

$300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

This is $50 million above President’s budget request and the same as current fiscal year 2016 funding. The GLRI invests in programs to clean up toxic pollution to protect the health of people and wildlife; reduce run-off from cities and farms to prevent harmful algal bloom; fight invasive species to protect native species; and restore wildlife habitat and wetlands to protect outdoor recreation opportunities.

 

$1 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund:

That’s $21 million more than President’s budget request, but $394 million less than current fiscal year 2016 funding. The national program provides low-interest loans to communities to fix wastewater infrastructure to protect water quality and to keep beaches open.

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April 26th 2016

U.S. House Passes Vital Great Lakes Bill

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition urges Senate to Act to ensure that the national maintains commitment to Great Lakes
People use the Great Lakes for swimming, boating, and wildlife watching. Credit: iStock photo.

People use the Great Lakes for swimming, boating, and wildlife watching. Credit: iStock photo.

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (April 26, 2016)—The U.S. House today passed by voice vote the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016, a bill that is an integral piece of federal Great Lakes restoration efforts. The bill, H.R. 223, authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports efforts to restore fish as wildlife habitat to support outdoor recreation opportunities, clean up toxic pollution to protect human health, reduce farm and city runoff to protect drinking water and keep beaches open, and fight invasive species.

 

Authorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a top priority of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

 

Commenting on passage of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016 bill, Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:

 

“We thank the U.S. House for passing a bill that is vital to the millions of people who depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life. We especially appreciate the support from U.S. Rep. David Joyce, who has worked tirelessly to pass this important bill. Federal restoration efforts have enjoyed strong bi-partisan support from Day 1—a testament to the importance of the Great Lakes, which supply drinking water to more than 30 million people.

 

“Federal restoration efforts are producing results. Although we have made progress, the Lakes still face serious threats. So we urge the U.S. Senate to act swiftly so that the nation continues its commitment to the Great Lakes. We can’t afford to stop now. Restoration projects will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait.”

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April 7th 2016

Great Lakes Communications Workshops: How to Use Latest Public Opinion Research to Effectively Advocate for the Lakes

 

Empire Bluff Trail overlooking Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo credit National Park Service.

Empire Bluff Trail overlooking Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo credit National Park Service.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition will be spending part of April and May touring the Great Lakes region hosting communications workshops. The workshops will cover our latest polling data, how to effectively communicate about Great Lakes restoration, how to use social media in this advocacy, and we’ll be sharing a tool kit with messaging tips and template materials. Learn more and RSVP here.

The workshops are free and open to the public. Join us and learn how you and your organization can help build support for federal investments to restore the lakes and better our communities. Workshop topics will cover:

  • Latest public opinion polling data from around the Great Lakes region
  • How to effectively communicate about Great Lakes restoration
  • How to answer tough questions
  • How to use social media to advance your advocacy goals
  • A tool kit with tips and template materials

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  • 2016 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    Registration for the 2016 Great Lakes Restoration Conference is now open! Reserve your spot today using the link on our Great Lakes Restoration Conference website. Our agenda is out and available for view online as well. More information will be filled in as it becomes available. This year we'll be in Sandusky, Ohio September, 20-22. We hope to see you

  • Great Lakes Restoration and Protection Presidential Platform

    We have joined with the Council of Great Lakes Industries, the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the Great Lakes Commission, and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition to urge the Presidential candidates to support our Great Lakes by endorsing the platform. Read more about the platform here.

  • 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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