Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act

In recent years, the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration have made Great Lakes restoration a national priority by passing and funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative—a program that funds solutions to some of the most urgent problems facing the Lakes. The historic initiative, however, is not authorized by Congress – clouding its prospects to receive funding in any given year.

Congress can change that by passing the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2011—a bill that authorizes essential restoration programs such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and reauthorizes proven restoration programs such as the Great Lakes Legacy Act.

The bill also enhances regional coordination; increases accountability; and ensures that restoration efforts focus on priorities that produce the most benefit to the Lakes and the people, businesses, and communities that depend on them.

Passage of the bill is an important step in the effor to ensure that Great Lakes restoration efforts are succssful.

Additional Resources:
Read coalition letters:
Coalition urges Senate committee to move legislation to restore America’s great waters
Coalition urges Senate to pass Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act and other bills to restore America’s great waters
Coalition urges U.S. Senate to mark up Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act

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