EPA Administrator McCarthy on Great Lakes: ‘We Have to all Rally for What’s Important’

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses Great Lakes supporters in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014. photo / Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addresses Great Lakes supporters in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014. photo / Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

Last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addressed more than 150 Great Lakes supporters in Washington, D.C., as part of Great Lakes Days. The keynote address was sponsored by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition and the Great Lakes Commission.

You can listen to the address here.

Administrator McCarthy discussed the Obama Administration’s budget—which contains cuts to core Great Lakes programs—as well as the EPA’s efforts to confront climate change, stop aquatic invasive species introduced through ballast water, and clarify Clean Water Act protections in light of Supreme Court decisions that have placed some wetlands and other U.S. waters at risk.

Acknowledging the disappointment from advocates, McCarthy said: “I think you all know it’s a difficult year for the EPA. But I’m not standing here complaining. What I’m trying to do is make sure we all know that we have to all rally for what’s important. We have to all set our mind of prioritizing the work that we do.”

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