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January 9th 2015

Coalition to Congress: Pass Great Lakes Bill

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (January 8, 2015)—Today U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) is introducing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, a bill that authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports efforts to restore fish as wildlife habitat, clean up toxic pollution, reduce farm and city runoff, and fight invasive species.


Other co-sponsors of the bill are: Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) Dan Benishek (R-Mich.), Chris Collins (R-NY), Richard Nolan (D-Minn.) Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Tom Reed (R-NY), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), James Renacci (R-Ohio), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.), and Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.).


In the last Congress, Rep. Joyce introduced the bill, which enjoyed strong bi-partisan support and passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote. The bill failed to clear the U.S. Senate.


Passage of the bill is a top priority of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.


Commenting on the bill, Todd Ambs, campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said:


“This bill helps strengthen Great Lakes restoration efforts. We applaud Rep. Joyce for his ongoing leadership to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Federal restoration efforts have enjoyed strong bi-partisan support from Day 1—a testament to the millions of people who depend on the Lakes for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life, as well as the solid results that restoration efforts are producing in communities across the region. At a time when Republicans and Democrats are looking to advance bi-partisan priorities, restoring the Great Lakes is a good place to start. We urge federal public officials to support and pass this bill.”

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January 7th 2015

Funding Opportunity: Sustain Our Great Lakes Request for Proposals is Available

Sustain our Great Lakes has just released their 2015 Request for Proposals to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes Basin with $5 to $7 million available. Grants will be awarded for stream and riparian restoration and coastal wetland restoration projects. To be eligible for funding, projects must be within the Great Lakes basin. Each award will be between $25,000 and $1.5 million. A webinar with information about this funding opportunity will be held January 14.

Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request For Proposals. Additional application information can be viewed at The submission deadline is February 18, 2015.

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January 5th 2015

Funding Opportunity: Area of Concern Habitat Restoration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that up to $15 million in GLRI funding over the next three years is available for projects focused on Great Lakes Area of Concern habitat restoration. Projects can fall under one of three options: one year requests for habitat implementation proposals, one year requests for engineering and design proposals, and multi-year cooperative agreement awards. The proposals are due March 3, 2015.

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December 12th 2014

Weekly News Roundup: The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Harmful Algal Blooms, and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:

The Detroit Free Press reports that the U.S. House has passed a bill continuing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The bill will fund the GLRI at $300 million per year for the next five years. The bill will now be considered by the Senate.


Transportation officials from both the U.S. and Canada will meet next week to discuss regulations on transporting oil by train, according to Reuters. At issue are different standards and safety regulations between the two nations that come into conflict when oil is transported across the international border.


The Toledo Blade is reporting that Ohio’s legislators may fail to pass a bill addressing water quality issues and harmful algal blooms. Among the unresolved issues include language that was added onto the bill pertaining to telecommunications.


A bill called the Drinking Water Protection Act is currently being considered by the U.S. Congress, reports the Macomb Daily. The proposed legislation would require the U.S. EPA to develop a strategic plan for considering the risks harmful algal blooms pose to drinking water.

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September 24th 2014

Coalition Supports New Great Lakes Action Plan

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is supporting a new Great Lakes action plan that will guide federal restoration efforts for the next five years. The plan, released today by the U.S. EPA at a meeting of Great Lakes mayors in Chicago, will prioritize federal Great Lakes investments to restore fish and wildlife habitat, clean up toxic pollution, combat invasive species like Asian carp, and prevent farm and urban runoff that causes algal blooms.

“This plan will keep Great Lakes restoration efforts on track,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “The results we’ve seen over the first five years are a testament to a solid original strategy and the resources to implement it. We’re encouraged that the plan unveiled today will help us continue to make progress that improves the health of the lakes and communities which rely on them.” More >

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  • 2015 Great Lakes Days

    Great Lakes Day for 2015 will be happening in Washington, D.C., at the end of February. Each year, the Coalition and others gather in Washington to talk with members of congress about why Great Lakes restoration is important and needed.  

  • Check out the Latest Update from the Field

    Read our latest field update from Michigan. Ducks Unlimited shares the results of their restoration tour with Congressman Dan Benishek. Learn more.


  • Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    Looking for information about the Great Lakes Restoration Conference? Visit the conference website at