Congress authorizes $1.5 billion in Great Lakes restoration over five years, funding for Flint, Mich., to replace lead pipes to restore clean drinking water.
Ann Arbor, Mich. (December 10, 2016) – In a major victory for the people, businesses, and communities which rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs and way of life, the U.S. Congress early Saturday morning passed a bill that authorizes $1.5 billion for Great Lakes restoration investments, as well as funding for Flint, Mich., to help the city replace lead-laced drinking water infrastructure that has prevented the city of 100,000 from having safe drinking water for almost three years. Both items have been top priorities for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.
“Make no mistake: This is a huge victory for the people, businesses and communities in the region,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We can’t thank the Great Lakes congressional delegation enough for their leadership. Authorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years will mean that, over the long term, restoration projects can be proposed and accomplished. We’ve seen great successes from federal Great Lakes investments so far, but there is more work to do. This bill will help maintain Great Lakes restoration as a national priority.”