Dear Coalition Members,

Happy Tuesday! We hope your Labor Day weekend was restful and relaxing. Here’s what we’ve been up to these past couple of weeks!

HOW Quarterly Update: Be sure to mark your calendars on Wednesday, September 16, from 1-2 pm EST for a member update on what’s happening in Congress and what we’re looking ahead to in the fall. Stay tuned for more details, and a registration link!

Congressional Recess: Congress is still in recess, but the House will come back for a committee work period next week followed by a two week work period for the full House of Representatives. Stay tuned for updates!

WRDA Sign-on: Thanks to all who signed on to our letter thanking Congress for moving a Water Resources Development Act and urging support for Coalition priorities in a final agreement! You can read the letter here.

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!

Coalition in New York Times: The New York Times recently published a letter from Coalition Director Laura Rubin highlighting the need for both major presidential candidates to champion policies that will benefit Great Lakes communities. Check it out here, and re-tweet us here!

Great Lakes Priorities Series – Water Infrastructure: We’ve published the second in our series of in-depth articles on our 2020 Great Lakes Platform! This week, we take a look at the woeful $188 billion water and wastewater infrastructure backlog that’s plaguing communities across the region, and what presidential candidates who want to support our communities must do to address it. Don’t forget to re-tweet us!

EPA Wetlands Grant: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications to monitor ecological conditions in the coastal wetlands of the Great Lakes. Approximately $10 million of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding will be made available to one applicant to implement the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program for five years. The deadline for applications is Oct. 26, 2020. Click here for more information!

Soil And Water Webinar: Join the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society for a couple of water quality presentations September 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST. The first will describe a project in the River Raisin Watershed in which IWR is conducting tile drain monitoring and sharing the data with producers to inform conservation efforts on their fields. The second will review IWR’s efforts to improve water quality and enhance groundwater recharge in the Maple River Watershed through an NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program. More information and a registration link here.