'This bill will strengthen federal Great Lakes restoration efforts'
The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition is supporting a new bill in the U.S. Senate that would help bolster federal efforts to restore the Great Lakes, the source of 20 percent of the world’s surface fresh water, which provides drinking water to more than 30 million people. The legislation would authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $475 million annually to help continue successful programs to clean up toxic pollution, combat invasive species, restore fish and wildlife habitat and reduce runoff from cities and farms.
The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015 was introduced today by U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Original co-sponsors also include Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).
Commenting on the new legislation, Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, said:
"This bill will strengthen Great Lakes restoration efforts that are producing results for the environment and economy in communities across the region. We commend Sens. Baldwin, Kirk, and Stabenow, and other supporters of the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015 for putting forward a bill that will help keep federal restoration efforts on track. We urge the full U.S. Senate to support and pass this bill."
The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015:
Authorizes for five years the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $475 million annually;
Re-authorizes the Great Lakes Legacy Act that helps communities clean up toxic hotspots;
Re-authorizes the EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office, which oversees federal restoration efforts;
Permanently establishes the Great Lakes Advisory Board, which will recommend restoration priorities that federal agencies use when setting their budgets each year;
Permanently establishes the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force to increase coordination between federal agencies, as well as coordination between federal agencies and non-federal stakeholders.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
Parker is a shining role model for all she has accomplished and her ongoing positivity, energy, and belief in changing the world for the better.Read the Story
Hear from champions for greater and safer access to the outdoors as they discuss the potential solutions to address the intersectional issues faced by Black communities.Listen Now
By taking the Mayors' Monarch Pledge, your local leaders can commit to uniting your community around saving the imperiled monarch. Send a message today urging your mayor or head of local or Tribal government to pledge before April 30!Act Now
Get quotes now or call (855) 786-0941Get Quotes Now
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.