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April 10th 2014

Coalition to Testify at House Hearing on Great Lakes Efforts

Chad Lord, Policy Director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Photo credit: HOW Coalition.

Chad Lord, Policy Director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. Photo credit: HOW Coalition.

Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Policy Director Chad Lord will be testifying today before a U.S. House subcommittee responsible for funding environmental programs. Lord will discuss federal efforts to restore the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The hearing starts at 9 AM Eastern at Rayburn B-308. Lord will be speaking on a panel at 10:50 AM.

The GLRI is delivering results,” Lord wrote in his prepared testimony. “But more work remains. Cutting restoration funding now will only make projects harder and more expensive the longer we wait.”

Read the Coalition’s prepared testimony here.

The U.S. House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing comes days after a bipartisan group of U.S. senators and representative sent letters to appropriations committee leaders, urging them to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to $300 million. President Obama, in his budget released in early March, recommended cutting the program to $275 million, down from $300 million. Read the letters here. More >

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April 9th 2014

Coalition co-chair wins recognition as a Michigan Green Leader

Andy Buchsbaum speaking at the 2014 Great Lakes Days in Washington D.C.

Andy Buchsbaum speaking at the 2014 Great Lakes Days in Washington D.C.

On Sunday, the Detroit Free Press announced their list of Michigan Green Leaders for 2014. One of the winners in this year’s individual category is Andy Buchsbaum of the National Wildlife Federation, cofounder and co-chair of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. The HOW Coalition was founded by the National Parks Conservation Association and the NWF in 2005. Buchsbaum received the award because he

“helped secure more than $1.6 billion over four years in federal funding to [improve] the environmental health of the Great Lakes and nearby bodies of water.”
–Detroit Free Press

The $1.6 billion referenced in the article is funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program advocated for by the HOW Coalition.

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April 9th 2014

Coalition Supports House, Senate Efforts to Boost Great Lakes Programs

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today issued its support to U.S. House and Senate leaders who are pushing to restore funding to Great Lakes programs. The group of bi-partisan public officials is asking federal appropriators to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to $300 million weeks after the Obama Administration recommended cutting the program from $300 million to $275 million. More >

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April 1st 2014

Groups: Permanent Solution to Invasive Species Crisis Needs to Remain Priority for Army Corps, States and Congress

Only viable solution is to physically separate Great Lakes, Mississippi River basins

Conservation groups are urging the Obama Administration and U.S. Congress to maintain their focus on a permanent, long-term solution to an invasive species crisis that is putting communities, businesses, and industry at risk. The groups submitted comments yesterday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the agency’s congressionally mandated study outlining ways to prevent the transfer of invasive organisms between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Waterways in Chicago, built more than 100 years ago, artificially connect the two water bodies, opening both to destruction from aquatic invasive species like Asian carp.

The Army Corps study—known as the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study—clearly identifies physically separating the two iconic waters as the most effective way to prevent the spread of various invasive fish, parasites, grasses, and other organisms. And in their comments submitted yesterday, conservation advocates are urging public officials to take immediate risk reduction steps and swiftly identify a permanent solution to achieve physical separation. More >

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April 1st 2014

Former Golf Course Transformed into Wetlands and Public Green Space

The Macatawa River in western Michigan flows into Lake Macatawa and is part of the Lake Michigan watershed. The area is prone to flash floods that cause erosion and sedimentation. Much of the sediment introduced into the water system is also high in phosphorous, due to the use of fertilizers and other chemicals. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and a conservation easement from a local business, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Department is addressing these issues—and creating a new public green space while they’re at it. Read more here.

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  • Coalition Supports Efforts to Boost Great Lakes Funding

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