ACTION ALERT: Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Please contact your representative in the U.S. House to ask them to restore funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative! They are trying to cut the program by 80%, which is not good. Also, please tell them to restore funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which helps fix sewers and reduce combined sewer overflows that pollute our waterways and Lake Michigan.
A U.S. House budget bill proposes drastic cuts to Great Lakes programs. The bill recently passed out of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee and is expected to be voted on by the full appropriations committee next week. The bill slashes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by nearly 80 percent – from the current level of $285 million to a proposed $60 million for fiscal year 2014! The bill also eviscerates funding to the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund, a national program that helps communities fix old sewers. The bill cuts the program by more than 80 percent – from the current level of $1.3 billion to a proposed $250 million for fiscal year 2014.
When you contact your Representative, feel free to use these talking points:
· The proposed cuts will bring Great Lakes restoration to a halt at a time when projects are producing results around the region.
· There is still more work to do, and cutting restoration programs will actually cost taxpayers more money—because projects will only be harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
· The Great Lakes congressional delegation has united to beat back cuts to Lakes programs in the past.
· We need you to stand arm-in-arm with the rest the Great Lakes congressional delegation to restore funding to these core clean water programs.
· The nation cannot afford to stop protecting the Great Lakes—more than 30 million people rely on them for their drinking water, jobs, health and way of life.
The best way to get in touch is to call the Capitol Switchboard at: Captiol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. To find your Representative and send an email instead, click here. Or if you know your Rep. is Pete Visclosky, here is his email page.