Coalition and others to Department of Agriculture Regarding Great Lakes Issues

August 2012

To: The Honorable Thomas Vilsack
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, DC 20250

From: The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition
And the undersigned environmental non-governmental organizations

Dear Secretary Vilsack:

As a member of the Federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, we write to ask that you assure the President’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal provides at least $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The GLRI – and you – have provided the Great Lakes region with much-needed support, and we are seeing on-the-ground results in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. However, while pressures to balance the U.S. budget will not diminish, neither will the urgent problems facing the Great Lakes. If we cut restoration funds, these serious problems will only get worse and the price we pay will be much higher…