The Great Lakes are essential to the economic and cultural identity of our region. Forty-two million people depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water.
Today, the health of our lakes is seriously threatened by problems such as untreated sewage and invasive species.
The good news is we have manageable solutions to these problems. The Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act is a comprehensive plan to modernize sewage treatment, clean-up polluted harbors, restore wetlands, and prevent unwanted, new species from invading the lakes. Each of these steps is essential if we are to restore the lakes and safeguard our Great Lakes way of life.
It is time we use these solutions. Every day we wait, the problems get worse and the solutions get more costly. We must act now to restore the health of the Great Lakes.
How You Can Help
The most effective way you can communicate with your U.S. Representative and Senators is by sending them a hand-written letter. Below is a sample letter you can personalize and send. If you don’t have time to send a hand-written letter, please send an email. Addresses for Representatives and Senators are as follows:
House of Representatives
Representative [first, last]
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Senator [first, last]
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear [Representative / Senator first, last],I am writing today to urge you to cosponsor and pass the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act (H.R. 1350/S. 791), and to fully fund current Great Lakes programs.
The Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply and currently provide drinking water to over 33 million people. Yet each day, our Lakes are damaged economically and ecologically by untreated sewage, toxic pollution and invasive species. Scientists are now saying that the Great Lakes are approaching a “tipping point,” where the cumulative impacts of these disturbances could throw the natural system out of balance, causing irreversible damage. Unless we invest in a solution today, future generations may never experience the Lakes as we know them.Fortunately, we have manageable solutions to these problems.
In addition to cosponsoring and passing the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act, I urge you to push for increased funding for Great Lakes programs like the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, the Great Lakes Legacy program and the Asian carp barrier.
Every day we wait the problems facing the Great Lakes get bigger and the solutions get more costly. It’s time to stop passing the buck for restoring these great waters to our children and grandchildren.
Thank you very much.