The New York delegation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (December 16, 2015)—The U.S. House and Senate last night released the 2016 federal omnibus budget, which advances several Great Lakes priorities to protect clean drinking water, keep beaches open, and restore fish and wildlife habitat that are the foundation of the region’s outdoor recreation economy. The fiscal year 2016 budget:
- Provides $300 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to clean up toxic pollution, restore fish and wildlife habitat, reduce farm and city runoff, and combat invasive species;
- Authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for one year to ensure that the nation maintains its commitment to the Great Lakes; and,
- Helps local communities prevent sewage contamination by funding the Clean Water State Revolving Fund at $1.39 billion nationally, approximately $510 million of which will be invested in the eight-state Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Read the budget here.
Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:
“This budget sends a strong message that Great Lakes restoration remains a top priority for the nation. It keeps federal Great Lakes restoration efforts on track, and it benefits millions of people. We’re glad to see that programs that are producing results around the region will continue.