Dear Coalition Members,

Happy Monday! We hope you are enjoying these waning summer days. We’re happy to welcome you to the first in an ongoing series of bi-weekly digests, where you can keep up with what the coalition is focused on. Below, please find some updates on what the Coalition has been doing around the presidential nominating conventions, getting out the vote for 2020, and other exciting developments!

WRDA Negotiations in Congress: Thanks to the efforts of our Coalition members, partners and allies, this year’s America’s Water Infrastructure Act and Water Resources Development Act contain many of our funding priorities! Now, the bills are being reconciled by House and Senate leadership—and we want to make sure the final versions of these bills are as strong as they can be. Please sign on to our letter to House and Senate negotiators, thanking them for taking up these bills and urging them to support Coalition clean water priorities in the final bill.

2020 Election: Get involved! While the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition does not endorse or oppose political parties or candidates for office, that does not mean that we cannot make our voices heard! We’ve put together a 501-(c)(3)-friendly Civic Engagement Guide  for our members to use in their get-out-the-vote efforts that includes state-specific information on how to register to vote, find polling places, and request vote-by-mail and absentee ballots. On September 1, we’ll be joining the Choose Clean Water and the Delaware River Watershed Coalitions in a national get-out-the-vote effort. Stay tuned for more!

Great Lakes Priorities Series – GLRI: With the Democratic National Convention underway and the Republican National Convention next week, we’re releasing a series of blog posts on our 2020 Great Lakes Platform, which details clean water priorities that we’re calling on both candidates for president to support. Please see the first in the series here and stay tuned for more!

Podcast with Paco: Check out this podcast with Equity and Action Advisory Committee member Paco Ollervides on how nonprofit boards can become more diverse and representative of our demographics.

Equity Roadmap: Congratulations to Coalition Member Milwaukee Water Commons on the release of a new report, Milwaukee: An Equitable Water Future, with the U.S. Water Alliance and the Milwaukee Water Equity Taskforce! Check it out and spread the word!

Water is Life Festival: The 2020 Water is Life festival is going virtual this year due to COVID-19, so don’t miss out! With Coalition partners Freshwater Future and We The People Michigan, this two day festival (September 5-6) will feature arts, music and inspiration! Register here.

Racism: The Real Public Health Crisis: If you missed this excellent talk with Coalition supporters The Erb Family Foundation about the public health impacts of white supremacy culture in America, don’t worry – there’s a recording. Check it out!

Job Opportunity: Our friends over at the Alliance for the Great Lakes are hiring a Staff Writer! Please be sure to forward this posting along!