Coalition of states, cities, tribes, business, industry and conservation organizations release joint Great Lakes priorities
Ahead of Great Lakes Day on March 8 in Washington D.C., a coalition representing business, industry and environmental groups and states, cities and tribes released joint priorities for sustaining Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization. The coalition presented a joint agenda urging Congress and the Administration to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, preserve and strengthen agricultural conservation programs, invest in aging water infrastructure, maintain and upgrade ports, locks and other navigation infrastructure and protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species.
“These joint priorities show how essential the Great Lakes are to both our region’s unique ecosystem and $5 trillion economy,” said John Linc Stine, Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “On behalf of our member states and provinces, I am proud to stand with this diverse coalition and present joint priorities for restoring and protecting the Lakes.”
“The Great Lakes congressional delegation has a strong history of rallying behind the Great Lakes, largely because we are united in our interest in protecting and improving these invaluable resources,” said Robert Lambe, Executive Secretary of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.
“It is imperative for Washington to understand the value of protecting our drinking water for current and future generations,” said Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Chairman, Mayor Paul Dyster of Niagara Falls, New York. “If they do not act now, taxpayers will face greater costs moving forward.”
“The Great Lakes are a critical resource for this region’s economy and restoring them spurs economic revitalization and creates jobs,” said Kathryn Buckner, President of the Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI). “CGLI members look to the bipartisan 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.”