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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to OMB Director Mulvaney requesting that he provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request.  This is the same funding level from FY 2017.

The GLRI is an inter-agency program designed to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 40 million people, and hold
90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh water.  Jobs, recreation and tourism all depend upon a healthy and flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem.  Yet invasive species, toxic pollution, growing dead zones, and beach closures threaten the health and productivity
of these irreplaceable bodies of water.

Please join us in requesting $300 million for GLRI in FY 2019.  The GLRI has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support among the Great Lakes delegation and local stakeholders, and we hope you will consider supporting this important initiative.  If you
have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin ( or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (



Sander M. Levin                     David P. Joyce                        Louise Slaughter

Member of Congress              Member of Congress              Member of Congress




October XX, 2017


The Honorable Mick Mulvaney


Office of Management and Budget

725 17th Street, N.W.

Washington, DC  20503


Dear Director Mulvaney:

We write to express our strong support for efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.  As you finalize the budget request for Fiscal Year 2019, we respectfully request that you include $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

A true national treasure, the Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and 90 percent of the United States’ fresh water supply.  The Lakes are also an economic driver that supports
jobs, commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism for millions of people across the country. For all these reasons, Great Lakes restoration must remain a priority.

In the seven years that the GLRI has been in place, funds have been used to support more than 3,000 restoration projects which address longstanding environmental challenges confronting the Lakes.  The projects have focused on improving water quality, protecting
native habitat, cleaning up environmentally-impaired Areas of Concern, preventing beach closings, and combating invasive species.

While the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is showing real and measurable results, there is still a great deal of work to do.  Lake Michigan is particularly vulnerable to the Asian carp, an invasive species, that has been migrating north through the Mississippi
River. Despite the three electrical barriers that exist along the waterways of south Chicago, a silver carp was found north of the electric barrier this past June – just 9 miles south of Lake Michigan. While the GLRI has prioritized monitoring and intense
fishing efforts to ensure the barriers are free of carp, we need additional layers of protection to keep the carp out of Lake Michigan. Considering the clear and present threat posed by Asian carp in the Lakes, as well as other ongoing water quality concerns,
now is not the time to reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

Recognizing the vital role that the GLRI plays in preserving the health of the lakes and economy of the region, Congress has continually provided robust funding for the program. Halting this commitment would reverse years of progress, dramatically reduce
the GLRI’s impact, and jeopardize the environmental and economic health of the region.

In developing the FY 2019 budget request, we urge the Administration to support this important effort.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.





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Sander M. Levin                                             David P. Joyce

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress




Louise Slaughter                                              

Member of Congress                                      

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