Today, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging lawmakers to maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the 2011 budget. The letter states:
Great Lakes restoration efforts funded by the federal government are improving the lives of millions of Americans in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These efforts are cleaning up drinking water flowing to millions of homes and thousands of industries, are updating municipal sewage facilities to protect drinking water for people for decades to come, and are improving infrastructure important for future economic growth. Efforts are also helping prevent polluted run-off and cleaning up pollution to keep beaches open, creating good-paying jobs in engineering and manufacturing to clean up toxic hot spots and install new sewage treatment facilities; and employing specialists restoring wetlands and Midwesterners working in the fishing and tourism industries.
The letter to members of Congress follows a public push for the federal government not to cut off federal funding to a program that is benefitting the lives of millions of people in the eight-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
You can read some of the regional media coverage by following the links below:
Ohio Public News Service: Groups: “Great Lakes Projects Do Deliver”
Michigan Public Radio: “Group Calls On Congress To Fund Great Lakes Restoration”
Detroit Free Press: “Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding in jeopardy”
Business North (Minnesota – Wisconsin) “Environmental groups: Don’t cut Great Lakes Restoration money”