Great Lakes Funding Cuts: Take Action

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Thanks to conservation efforts, Piping Plovers are beginning to recover in the Great Lakes, from only 17 nesting pairs in 1981 to 72 nesting pairs last year.


The Great Lakes are five of America’s greatest natural treasures. It’s an ecosystem so epic in size and breathtaking in beauty that it instills a sense of national pride for the 85 million people who live in the region. That’s why the recently leaked Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal, which would slash funding to protect and restore the lakes by 97 percent, is so alarming.

Urge your members of Congress to stand up for the birds and communities that depend on the Great Lakes by opposing any efforts to cut restoration projects.

Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has improved water quality, protected native wildlife, controlled invasive species, and cleaned up toxic pollutants that threaten our water supply. Cutting the GLRI budget from $300 million annually to a mere $10 million will halt all of this important work, impacting not only our waters and wildlife, but also the millions of people that call this region our home. These local projects add up to regional impact for cleaner water, healthy habitat for birds, and vibrant communities across the eight Great Lakes states.

Please write to your members of Congress to let them know the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is important to you. Together, we can ensure that the Great Lakes continue to provide abundant clean water for the people and wildlife that depend on them.

Find your representatives’ contact information quickly here.