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Great Lakes Advocates Gather in Sandusky, Ohio to Earn Commitments from Clinton, Trump

Posted on September 21, 2016 by

Want to know what the presidential candidates positions are on protecting our Great Lakes?   Find out via live broadcast on September 22.

Trump rep Mike Budzik, past chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife under Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, and Clinton rep David Hayes, former deputy secretary, Department of Interior in Obama Administration, to attend candidate forum September 22.

As the presidential race nears the home stretch, Great Lakes advocates are gathering in Sandusky, Ohio, to press Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaign officials to explain their Great Lakes platforms. The gathering is part of the 12th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which attracts hundreds of people from the US and Canada.

Representatives from the Clinton and Trump campaigns will attend a campaign forum on Thursday, September 22.

At 9 a.m. Trump campaign representative Mike Budzik, past chief, Ohio Division of Wildlife under Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, will speak during the first 45-minute session.

At 11:10 a.m. Clinton campaign representative David Hayes, former deputy secretary, Department of Interior in Obama Administration, will speak during the second 45-minute session.

The Coalition will broadcast the sessions live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/healthylakes/

“Millions of people are counting on the next president of the United States to stand up for the Great Lakes,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We look forward to hearing from Clinton and Trump representatives to learn how they intend to tackle the ongoing serious threats to the Great Lakes. It will be imperative for the next president to embrace a strong Great Lakes restoration platform to protect the drinking water, health, jobs, and way of life for the millions of people who call this region home.”

Great Lakes advocates are looking to maintain momentum for federal efforts to restore the largest source of surface freshwater on the planet – one that provides drinking water to more than 30 million people – by securing commitments from both presidential contenders to maintain current restoration efforts into the next White House administration.

The conference, which runs September 20-22, comes days before the first presidential debate in New York. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, chambers of commerce, mayors, and industry leaders from around the eight-state region recently called on Clinton and Trump to explain their positions on federal restoration efforts. The groups have issued a Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Presidential Platform, asking candidates to maintain funding for Great Lakes restoration programs, invest in drinking water and waste water infrastructure, and commit to tackling harmful algal blooms in the region to prevent disasters like the 2014 algal bloom that poisoned drinking water for more than 400,000 people in Greater Toledo for three days.

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