Even with wintry conditions that delayed and cancelled flights and caused a shutdown of the federal government for a day, advocates from across the Great Lakes converged on the capital to educate our legislators about the needs for Great and maintaining funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Jill Ryan, Executive Director of Freshwater Future, participated in the event, leading hill visits and discussions about current Great Lakes priorities. Ryan commented that “Great Lakes advocates always find a way to get their message across, even the weather couldn’t stop this delegation.”
Since the event, the President released his 2014 budget, which includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, showing the importance the administration places on the Great Lakes even in tough budget times. We look forward to continuing to work on Great Lakes Restoration issues this year and helping to connect local voices to that work.