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U.S. Senators Reject Attempt to Weaken Protections from Aquatic Invasive Species

April 18, 2018

In a major victory for clean water, outdoor recreation, and local economies across the country, the U.S. Senate today rejected a bill that would have weakened protections against invasive species.

U.S. Senate Assault on Clean Water Act Will Leave Environment, Economy Vulnerable to Invasive Species

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Senate is poised to vote as early as tomorrow on eliminating protections that prevent aquatic invasive species from entering U.S. waters through ballast water.

Senate to Vote on Bill Exempting Ships from Clean Water Act

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Senate is prepared to vote on a dangerous bill that will allow more invasive species into the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters.

Action Alert: Tell Your Senator to Oppose Ballast Water Regulation Changes

April 13, 2018

The Senate will vote next week on a bill that includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which would be bad for the Great Lakes.

Trump Infrastructure Plan Misses the Mark

March 30, 2018

President Trump traveled to Ohio today to discuss his infrastructure plan. While water infrastructure investments are a priority for the coalition, we are concerned about the President’s plan.

Groups to Congress: Maintain Great Lakes Funding

March 26, 2018

Almost 200 organizations signaled their support for Great Lakes restoration funding in the next fiscal year.

Coalition: Budget a Victory for People, Great Lakes

March 23, 2018

The U.S. House and Senate have passed the fiscal year 2018 budget, which now heads to the White House to be signed by President Trump.

Senator Gillibrand to Introduce Bill on Water Infrastructure Grant Funding

March 21, 2018

Senator Kristin Gillibrand plans to introduce a bill to help communities around the Great Lakes region, and the country, fix their crumbling water infrastructure.

Washington Update: Fiscal Year 2018 Discussions Continue, Farm Bill Slowed

March 19, 2018

House Republican leaders had wanted to pass a final funding bill last Friday but acknowledged that they’re behind schedule. The delay sets up a busy week.