Buffalo News Editorial: Congress Needs to Support Great Lakes

The Buffalo News editorial page last week urged U.S. public officials to maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The paper wrote:

Democrats and Republicans agree that the GLRI is a priority. In the past two years Congress has allocated $775 million for the initiative. That support needs to continue in order to keep the vital cleanup of the lakes on track.

The paper acknowledged the work by U.S. Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Sander Levin (D-Mich.) to maintain the nation’s commitment to the Great Lakes. They, along with 22 other Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, sent a letter urging the appropriations committee to maintain funding of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

According to the Buffalo News editorial: “The $300 million request will keep this multiyear effort on track; the economic and environmental benefits justify the spending even in lean economic times.”

We agree.

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