Coalition and Others to the Office of Management and Budget Regarding Great Lakes Priorities

August 2015

To: The Honorable Shaun Donovan
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President
Washington, DC 20503

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

Dear Director Donovan:

On behalf of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, we write to ask that you assure the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget provides funding for Great Lakes restoration priorities. The Great Lakes region has received 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 on the U.S. budget will not diminish, neither do the urgent problems facing the Great Lakes if we cut restoration funds. Serious problems only get worse and the price we pay will be much higher…