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U.S. Senate Funding Bills Boost Clean Water, Great Lakes Investments

October 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate released its nine remaining funding bills yesterday that boost federal investments to restore the Great Lakes, remove toxic lead from drinking water, confront sewage overflows, and reduce farm and city runoff pollution.

HOW Letter to Representatives: Support Comprehensive Infrastructure Legislation

September 29, 2021

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition urges Congress support comprehensive infrastructure legislation and take bold action to address climate change.

Court Decision Victory for Clean Water, Great Lakes

August 31, 2021

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is pleased to see the Trump Administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule vacated by the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona because the rule causes environmental harm. Restoring protections for streams and wetlands has been a priority of the Coalition.

Ashtabula River in Ohio Removed from Areas of Concern List

August 26, 2021

After years of clean-up efforts, the Ashtabula River in Ohio is no longer considered one of the “most environmentally degraded” areas in the Great Lakes Region thanks, in part, to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding.

Senate Passes Infrastructure Bill with $1B for Great Lakes Restoration

August 10, 2021

In a 69-30 vote, the U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan infrastructure package that boosts federal investment in core Great Lakes and clean water programs, including $1 billion in additional funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Coalition: $1 Billion for Great Lakes in Senate Infrastructure Package will be “Shot in the Arm”

August 6, 2021

The bipartisan infrastructure package released last week contains $1 billion for Great Lakes restoration efforts through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore fish and wildlife habitat, reduce farm runoff pollution, clean up toxic contamination, and manage invasive species.

Coalition Director Named to EPA Board

July 15, 2021

Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, has been named as one of two new members to the EPA’s Great Lakes Advisory Board.

Coalition Pleased to See Full Funding of GLRI Proposed

July 1, 2021

Today, House Appropriators approved the fiscal year 2022 Interior and Environment funding legislation, advancing historic funding levels for key agencies and providing robust funding for clean water and Great Lakes restoration programs.

House Passes Comprehensive Infrastructure Legislation

July 1, 2021

Today, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive infrastructure legislation, advancing work to bring billions of dollars of new investment to communities across the Great Lakes region.