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Great Lakes organizations urge Congress to include Great Lakes priorities in WRDA reauthorization

In a letter sent last week, organizations representing Great Lakes states, tribes, state legislators, municipalities, conservation organizations, labor, business, and ports urged key members of Congress to include key priorities for the Great Lakes in upcoming legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act.

“Federal investment in the water infrastructure of the Great Lakes Basin has greatly benefited the ecosystems and economies in our region,” the letter reads. “We appreciate both the House and Senate’s ongoing efforts to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act each Congress, which helps ensure that investments meet the evolving needs of this dynamic region… Each bill includes key priorities for the Great Lakes, and we are encouraged by Congress’ continued commitment to the economic and environmental health of the Basin.”

Priorities include investments in: the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; wastewater and stormwater infrastructure; Great Lakes Ports and the Maritime Transportation System; treating and eliminating harmful algal blooms; preventing and eliminating Asian Carp and other Aquatic Invasive Species; and shoreline protection and resiliency.

These investments are endorsed by the Great Lakes Commission, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, American Great Lakes Ports Association, Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus and BlueGreen Alliance.

GLMCC Partners with Stakeholders to Release Shared Priorities for Sustaining the Great Lakes

GLMCC joined a broad coalition—including business, maritime, labor and environmental groups, regional agencies, state legislators, cities and tribes—to release a set of shared priorities for restoring the Great Lakes, supporting a thriving economy and sustaining a healthy environment in the eight-state, two-province region.

“Restoring and protecting the Great Lakes is an enduring, bipartisan priority for the nation[s] and for Great Lakes Basin communities,” the statement reads. “Our organizations support these priorities to sustain progress, build resilience and maintain the Great Lakes as an environmental treasure, innovation hub and economic engine.”

The agenda urges Congress and the Administration to appropriate at least $320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; invest in drinking water, wastewater and storm water infrastructure; strengthen Great Lakes ports and the maritime transportation system; support conservation programs to reduce nutrient pollution that causes harmful algal blooms; protect the Great Lakes Basin from Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species; and incorporate resilience into federal programs and policies.

To read the full list of priorities, click here.

GLMCC Releases 2020 Public Policy Priorities

The GLMCC 2020 Public Policy Priorities publication is officially here. Thanks to the invaluable input and perspective of the coalition’s member organizations, our 2020 policy agenda reflects priorities that will support and propel our regional economy. This year’s publication includes issues like water quality, balanced trade policies, immigration and talent attraction and energy development, among others.

To view the full 2020 Public Policy Priorities publication, click here.


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