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Core Programs for the Great Lakes

Federal agencies contribute to the restoration, protection and use of Great Lakes water resources, which includes cooperative efforts with Canada. Congress has been clear that funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is intended to be in addition to base funding for many essential programs. Congress should support core programs that contribute to the restoration, protection and effective management of the Great Lakes.


Legislative Activities

EPW Committee Approves Landmark Measures to Protect Great Water Bodies Across the U.S.
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (2010-06-30)
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), approved several pieces of legislation to protect bodies of water throughout the United States, including the Chesapeake Bay, the San Francisco Bay, the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, Long Island Sound, the Columbia River and the Gulf of Mexico. The Committee also passed measures to help restore the nation's estuaries and address storm water pollution. The bills were passed by voice vote and will now go to the full Senate for consideration.

Senate Committee Hearing on Water and Wildlife
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (2010-05-11)
The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife will hold a joint hearing entitled, "EPA’s Role in Protecting Ocean Health."

Senator Stabenow Announces Funding for Great Lakes Restoration
Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (2010-04-08)
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced millions in new funding for Great Lakes restoration programs. The grants will provide over $10 million in funding throughout the Great Lakes region over the next three years through the Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) program, a public-private program designed to achieve ecological and habitat restoration goals developed through the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. Sustain Our Great Lakes is coordinated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and funded by ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.



Legislative Priorities

 Great Lakes Restoration

 International Joint Commission

 National Sea Grant College Program

 NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab

 USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office

 USEPA Office of Research and Development

 USGS Great Lakes Science Center

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