Lakes Article: Initiative
focusing on Great Lakes moving forward
The Times Herald
June 10, 2009
U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee today approved full funding for
the new $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which addresses threats
to the Great Lakes, including invasive species, toxic pollution and habitat restoration.
subcommittee also approved $2.3 billion nationally to help cities modernize wastewater
infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund – an increase of $1.6
billion over last year.
Almost 40% of these funds will go to Great Lakes
states for improving water quality in the region.
“The action by the appropriation’s
subcommittee charts a path for congressional action to restore the Great Lakes
and revive the economy,” said Jeff Skelding, campaign director for the Healing
Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition in a statement.
“This is Congress’ first
step and we look forward to the full U.S. House supporting this funding later
this month. The U.S. Senate must also follow suit so that region can roll up our
sleeves and get to work restoring this great national resource.”
Lakes restoration and economic recovery depend on collaboration on implementing
our Great Lakes restoration plan among government, business, and citizen groups
so that we can restore the largest surface fresh water resource in the world before
the problems get worse and more costly."
Skelding said it’s too soon
to know how the initiative could affect the Blue Water area.