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Published on March 17th, 2017 | by GrowWNYAdmin

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Alliance for the Great Lakes Update

Read more about this update from the Alliance for the Great Lakes and their trip to DC!

We’ve just returned from Washington, DC. It was a hectic, but fruitful few days! Here’s a brief update from our visits with lawmakers.

Early Thursday morning, the White House formally released a budget proposal. The news isn’t good. The Administration’s budget totally eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — a program that funds critical projects across the region. It also includes significant cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tasked with managing many of our nation’s clean water programs.

But, in every meeting we had while in Washington, lawmakers and their staff reminded us that Congress holds the purse strings. And, every office we spoke with shared deep concerns about the Administration’s budget. We have a lot of work ahead of us but your voice is being heard in Washington. We’ll keep working closely with the Great Lakes delegation in Congress to make sure critical funding programs are protected.

So, what’s next?

Stay tuned for details about a webinar we’ll be hosting later this month. We’ll be giving you an insider view of what we learned in Washington. And, we’ll share how you can stay involved over the next few months.

What’s one thing you can do right now? Make a donation today to support our fight to protect the Great Lakes. We’re in this for the long haul. Your gift today will make sure we have the resources to keep up the pressure on lawmakers so they don’t turn their backs on the Great Lakes.

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