Leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives recently released a schedule of when the legislative body will take up some of the 12 appropriations bills that comprise the 2012 budget.
Agriculture Appropriations Bill marked up in full committee on May 31; on the floor on June 14/15.
Energy and Water Appropriations Bill was expected to be marked up in subcommittee on June 2, full committee on June 15, and on the floor on July 6.
Interior and EPA Appropriations Bill will mark up in subcommittee on July 6, full committee on July 11, and on the floor on July 26.
Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill will mark up in subcommittee on July 7, full committee on July 13, and on the floor on August 2.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding is included in the Interior and EPA budget bill.
Now is the time for U.S. legislators from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to step up to the plate and express their support for the Great Lakes.
Members of Congress have to understand that the local projects funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are producing economic and environmental results. In the case of a restoration project in Michigan, those results are projected to lead to more than a 6-to-1 return on investment.
That’s why the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is urging the U.S. Congress to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $475 million in the 2012 budget.
Learn more about how Great Lakes restoration activities are benefitting communities by taking a look at the following additional resources.
- “Progress and Promise: 21 Stories that Showcase Successful Great Lakes Restoration Projects”
- “Faces of Restoration: People Working to Restore the Great Lakes”
- “Great Lakes Restoration: Delivering Results”
- Watch a video documenting a successful restoration project produced by coalition member Michigan United Conservation Clubs.
- The coalition is chronicling successful restoration projects. Read about them here.