Coalition to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regarding Great Lakes priorities

October 2013

To: The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20460

From: The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

Dear Administrator McCarthy:

As the Chair of the Federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force, we write to ask that you assure the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal 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 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…