Great Lakes Restoration Initiation – Legislator Calls by 2/7/2017

CRUCIAL CALL ASAP!

This request for a $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the very best way to support continuing efforts to clean up the Great Lakes.

After completing this important call please forward this message on to anyone you believe soul be willing  to make this call ASAP!

Thanks, Judy and Gordon Morlan

From: Celia Haven <HavenC@nwf.org>
Date: February 3, 2017 at 3:25:53 PM CST
To:howcoalitionlist@healthylakes.org” eided<howcoalitionlist@healthylakes.org>
Subject: Calls needed in support of FY18 GLRI funding

Hi Folks-

We have quick turnaround time on a letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that we are urging Representatives to sign on to. The deadline is February 7th – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to your Representatives asking that they sign on to a letter to the President requesting $300 million for the GLRI in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

The full text of the dear colleague letter and the letter to the President are below.   You will need to find your specific legislators for the other letters.

Current sign ons are: Gwen Moore, Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ron Kind, Brenda L. Lawrence, Brian Higgins, Tim Walz , Bob Gibbs, Betty McCollum, Richard M. Nolan, Mike Kelly, Marcy Kaptur, Sean Duffy

Offices should contact: Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov) to sign on.

Please let me know if you have any questions! We’ll send a reminder Monday morning as well since the deadline is on Tuesday. Thanks everyone for your calls!   Celia

SUPPORT THE GREAT LAKES

From: The Honorable Sander M. Levin
Sent By:
rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/2/2017

SUPPORT THE GREAT LAKES

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Deadline: Tuesday, February 7

Co-signers: Gwen Moore, Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ron Kind, Brenda L. Lawrence, Brian Higgins, Tim Walz

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting that he provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.  This amount represents level funding from the current FY 2017 level.

The GLRI is an inter-agency program designed to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 40 million people, and hold 90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh water.  Jobs, recreation and tourism all depend upon a healthy and flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem.  Yet invasive species, toxic pollution, growing dead zones, and beach closures threaten the health and productivity of these irreplaceable bodies of water.

Please join us in requesting $300 million for GLRI in FY 2018.  The GLRI has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support among the Great Lakes delegation and local stakeholders, and we hope you will consider supporting this important initiative.  If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov).
February X, 2017

Dear Mr. President

We write to express our strong support for efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.  Specifically, we respectfully request that you include $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

The Great Lakes are truly a national treasure.  The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and 90 percent of the United States’ fresh water supply.  The Lakes are also an economic driver that supports jobs, commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism for millions of people across the country.

More than a century of environmental damage has taken a significant toll on the Great Lakes, which the GLRI is helping to correct.  Since the initiative was launched in 2010, GLRI funds have been used to support over 3,000 restoration projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitat, clean up environmentally-impaired Areas of Concern, fight invasive species, and prevent beach closings.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is showing real and measurable results, but there is still a great deal of work to do.  The Great Lakes Basin is vulnerable to various pollutants and invasive species, which threaten the health of the Great Lakes.  For example, in 2014 a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie forced 400,000 residents in the Toledo area to go without home water service for three days. While the GLRI has prioritized monitoring efforts, which help drinking water treatment plant operators and beach managers minimize health impacts associated with these toxic algal blooms, more must be done to better understand and prevent these algal blooms in the future.

The federal government commits significant resources each year to address the challenges the Great Lakes face.  In particular, GLRI resources have supplemented agency budgets to fund coordinated efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem, and we must ensure that this important work continues. To that end, we urge you to include $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  We look forward to working with you and your Administration on this matter.

Sincerely,

Sander M. Levin                                         David P. Joyce

Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress

Louise Slaughter

Member of Congress