July 07, 2020
STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
“The Environmental Law & Policy Center commends the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for stepping up to increase funding to $335 million in FY 2021 for the successful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The Great Lakes is where we live, work and play. Protecting safe clean drinking water, healthy fisheries and enjoyable outdoor recreation has overwhelmingly strong public support. It’s not a partisan issue.
“The Great Lakes deserves great investment. ELPC and our Great Lakes allies urge House and Senate members to continue to increase GLRI funding next year to help create much-needed jobs across the region and build toward the necessary increase in funding called for in the GLRI Act of 2019.
“Since GLRI was launched in 2010, it has provided essential funding to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. GLRI projects protect safe clean drinking water for 42 million people and support a $62 billion economy based on fishing, boating and recreational activities.”