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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

HOUSE MAKES COMMITTMENT TO GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

Bill passed in U.S. House would help ensure long term success of restoration efforts; Senate must now take action

Buffalo, NY—Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014 (H.R. 5764), which would authorize the GLRI for five years at up to $300 million annually. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has provided $1.6 billion to more than 2,000 projects over the past five years; however, the program has yet to be authorized by Congress. Without an authorization, the GLRI could be at risk from changing administrative and congressional priorities. Citizens Campaign for the Environment is praising the passage of the bill as an important step for long term success of Great Lakes restoration. In response to the House passing the bill, Brian Smith, CCE Associate Executive Director, said:


“From cleaning up the Buffalo River, to creating jobs, to ensuring clean drinking water for millions of people, the GLRI has proven to be a resounding success. However, much more work remains. From cleaning up toxic hot spots, to addressing algal blooms in Lake Erie, to fighting invasive species such as the Asian carp, the work of the GLRI is not done. A sustained, long term commitment is needed to restore the health of the lakes. Authorizing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will provide a long-term framework to ensure continued success.


In Western New York, we thank Representatives Higgins, Slaughter, Reed, and Collins for cosponsoring the bill, and for their leadership to protect and restore our region’s most important natural resource. We now call on the U.S. Senate to follow suit and pass the House bill.”

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by bsmith  12/9/14