Update on state, federal Great Lakes legislation

Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus continues to track state and federal legislation of interest to Great Lakes lawmakers.

Recent state and provincial activity has included:

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Future federal funding of Restoration Initiative
Federal lawmakers, meanwhile, will be deciding future funding levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

According to the Petoskey News, a bill recently passed by a House subcommittee would cut $50 million from the initiative — from $300 million (the level appropriated in fiscal year 2012) to $250 million (the level proposed for FY 2013 in the legislation). When the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was first established, it received an appropriation of $450 million in its first year.

The Healing Our Waters Coalition also warns that the bill “guts The the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund, which helps communities across the nation fix sewers to prevent sewage overflows that contribute to beach closures.” Funding would be reduced from $1.4 billion to $689 million.

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