We Did It! Full Funding for the Great Lakes in 2017

Posted on May 3, 2017

Back in March, we let you know about potential massive cuts to Great Lakes programs and funding in the 2017 federal budget. The budget proposed by President Trump would have cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 100% and shrunk the EPA’s budget by 31%. When the budget was announced, we were in […]

EPA Seeks Input on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Posted on May 1, 2017

The EPA wants to know what you think about rolling back the regulations that keep our water clean and safe. On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777, which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. Among other things, this executive order requires the Environmental Protection Agency […]

[UPDATE] Did you hear what we are doing today?

Posted on March 15, 2017

Yesterday, I let you know that my fellow coworkers were in Washington, D.C. to support restoration programs in the Great Lakes. The Trump Administration was expected to slash the budget to this program by 97%. The 97% cut to Great Lakes restoration programs apparently wasn’t sufficient for the President, whose budget released today zeroes out […]

Coalition: Trump Administration Proposed Cuts to Great Lakes Programs, EPA Unacceptable

Posted on March 10, 2017

Republicans, Democrats in Congress key to protecting Great Lakes, clean water programs ANN ARBOR, MICH. (March 9, 2017)—The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition today expressed deep concern with the rumored Trump Administration’s budget cuts that would gut core Great Lakes programs, roll back Clean Water Act protections, and delay federal action to respond to serious […]

Funding for Great Lakes SLASHED in Trump Administration Budget

Posted on March 3, 2017

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget slashes funding for Great Lakes restoration from $300 million to $10 million.  The proposed budget was shared with EPA for review and reported on twitter by journalist Rob Davis. “If true, the level of cuts being discussed would be devastating. Federal Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results across the […]

Asian Carp Plan Not Released Today–Delayed by Trump Administration

Posted on March 1, 2017

A draft plan was to be released today by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent Asian carp from getting in Lake Michigan but according to the Detroit Free Press has been delayed by the Trump Administration.  The plan, which has been in development for more than four-years, studied how to prevent carp from migrating […]

All About Water Meeting

Posted on February 15, 2017

If there’s one thing people in Flint and Detroit have in common, it’s passion. On February 1st, I had the honor of meeting with over 90 dedicated activists, lawyers, community organizers, funders, and leaders – all of whom share a deep desire to improve the quality and accessibility of water in their communities. The meeting, […]

Plan 2014 Approved by the International Joint Commission

Posted on December 23, 2016

The International Joint Commission (IJC) recently approved Plan 2014 – good news for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and for the organizations who have worked so hard over many years to make it happen. We’d like to give special mention to Save the River, one of our Great Lakes Network grantees, who has […]

Federal Funding for Flint and Great Lakes Restoration Approved

Posted on December 14, 2016

This is great news for our friends in Flint, MI and the Great Lakes. The press release below from our friends and colleagues with the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition shares more details about the funding approved by Congress, and signed by the President into law a few days later. Coalition Applauds Great Lakes Investments […]

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