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Key Great Lakes stakeholder organizations issue a Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Presidential Campaign Platform

On March 2, 2016, Key Great Lakes stakeholder organizations issued a Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Presidential Campaign Platform to ask US Presidential candidates to affirm a commitment to protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. The last two presidents – former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama – made Great Lakes restoration a national priority in their administrations. As a result, over the last seven years the US federal government has invested over $2 billion in more than 2,900 local restoration projects that are addressing environmental challenges in the eight Great Lakes states.

The Presidential Campaign Platform asks the next president to continue these commitments and make protecting the Great Lakes a priority in the next administration. Candidates that commit to the platform would agree to support

  • the outcomes outlined in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy
  • policies and programs that promote the region as a driver of economic growth and development
  • authorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million per year
  • implementing measures to address excess nutrient discharges and harmful algal blooms, and
  • federal investments in infrastructure necessary to reduce sewer overflows and protect drinking water.

CGLI partnered in this effort with the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and the Greater Detroit Metro Chambers Coalition.

A copy of the Platform is available for review on the CGLI website and can be accessed here.