After months of planning, Great Lakes Days 2012 are now underway.
For the next two days, more than 130 Great Lakes advocates will visit members of Congress. They will ask members of Congress from the Great Lakes states to do three things:
— Maintain $300 million annually in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
— Co-sponsor the Stop Asian Carp Act and support funding for near-term control strategies. The Stop Asian Carp Act, among other things, would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete within 18 months its study of how best to keep Asian carp in the Mississippi River basin from invading the Great Lakes. The Corps has said it won’t complete its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study until at least late 2015.
— Protect and maximize conservation funding for the Great Lakes as part of the Farm Bill reauthorization. Congress this year will renew the Farm Bill, a massive spending bill that contains numerous programs that have implications for the health of the Great Lakes.