The Great Lakes Legacy Act reauthorization bill was introduced last week by US Senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and George Voinovich (R-OH) with seven of the Great Lakes Senators signing on as original co-sponsors. Now, it is time to corral the rest of the Great Lakes Senate Delegation to join as co-sponsors and show a united front to the US Congress on this issue.
The new law will provide more money – $150 million – and expects to have the 31 areas of concern cleaned up within the decade. The EPA will have more flexibility distributing the funds to contractors untying some of the red tape for state agencies. The new authorization also allows for some habitat restoration and will give limited money to pilot projects to inspire innovation.
“We must continue the progress we’ve made on cleaning up the contaminated sites in the lakes. This legislation builds on the existing Legacy program in several crucial ways and will help protect and restore this unique treasure for the benefit of citizens throughout the Midwest and across the nation,” Sen. Levin said in a statement.
In addition to Levin and Voinovich, the following Senators are original co-sponsors: Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Barack Obama (D-ILL.), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). Please thank those who did sign on early and encourage your Senator if s/he has yet to become a co-sponsor.