The letter has now closed. You can read it here.

On the heels of the rumored, drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other important environmental programs, the Senate Great Lakes Task Force is circulating this letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in support of fully funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million.

We urge Coalition members and partners to call your Senate offices and ask that Senators sign on to this important letter – the deadline for offices to sign on is TOMORROW, Thursday, March 9, close of business. You may contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Reinforce the impact of your call on social media (list of Members of Congress’ twitter handles here).

The following Senators have already signed on to the letter: Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)

Offices who wish to sign on should contact Aaron Suntag with Sen. Stabenow’s office. Again, the deadline is tomorrow (Thursday, March 9th), close of business.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical to restoring the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water for over 30 million people. The nation cannot afford to stop protecting the Great Lakes – this program protects our drinking water, creates jobs, protects public health, and upholds a way of life for millions of people. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has already been producing results, but there is more work to do. The longer we wait to carry out restoration projects, the more taxpayer money they will cost.