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Rep. Bishop Introduces Resolution Designating Week of Memorial Day as ‘Great Lakes Week’

May 8, 2018

Congressman Mike Bishop wants to designate the week of Memorial Day as “Great Lakes Week” to highlight the importance of the Great Lakes and promote conservation efforts.

Senators Support Full and Robust Water Infrastructure Funding

April 30, 2018

Water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region is crumbling, outdated, and leaking. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over the next 20 years almost $180 billion is needed to repair and upgrade our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Senators Request Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

April 27, 2018

Today U.S. Senators from Great Lakes states urged colleagues in the U.S. Congress to maintain funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

14th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference Request for Workshops and Field trips Now Open

April 20, 2018

The coalition is looking for engaging and compelling proposals for both field trips and presentations at our Great Lakes Conference this October in Detroit.

U.S. Senators Reject Attempt to Weaken Protections from Aquatic Invasive Species

April 18, 2018

In a major victory for clean water, outdoor recreation, and local economies across the country, the U.S. Senate today rejected a bill that would have weakened protections against invasive species.

U.S. Senate Assault on Clean Water Act Will Leave Environment, Economy Vulnerable to Invasive Species

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote as early as tomorrow on eliminating protections that prevent aquatic invasive species from entering U.S. waters through ballast water.

Senate to Vote on Bill Exempting Ships from Clean Water Act

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Senate is prepared to vote on a dangerous bill that will allow more invasive species into the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters.

Action Alert: Tell Your Senator to Oppose Ballast Water Regulation Changes

April 13, 2018

The Senate will vote next week on a bill that includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which would be bad for the Great Lakes.

Trump Infrastructure Plan Misses the Mark

March 30, 2018

President Trump traveled to Ohio today to discuss his infrastructure plan. While water infrastructure investments are a priority for the coalition, we are concerned about the President’s plan.