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Great Lakes Coalition Issues Joint Statement of U.S. Legislative Priorities

On March 5, a coalition of Great Lakes organizations released a joint statement of U.S. legislative priorities for the Great Lakes region. The statement encourages Congress to fully fund GLRI, maintain base agency budgets for important Great Lakes programs, strengthen conservation programs in the 2018 Farm Bill, boost funding for water infrastructure, strengthen programs that prevent and control invasive species, and maintain and upgrade navigation infrastructure. The legislative priorities will be presented to legislators at Great Lakes Day in Washington, DC on March 7.

CGLI works with other organizations on the joint statement because the Great Lakes are a critical resource for this region’s economy. CGLI supports programs that help restore the lakes because restoration not only is good for the ecosystem but also spurs economic revitalization and creates jobs. CGLI uses the statement to encourage the Great Lakes congressional delegation to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, strengthen investments in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and maintain and upgrade commercial ports, locks and other navigation infrastructure.

In addition to CGLI, the coalition includes the Great Lakes Commission, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority, and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.