NEMWI hosted a briefing, "Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: What is it, where has it been, where is it going, and what are its impacts," on the background, current projects, and future of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) on Tuesday, February 12. The Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs, Senators Carl Levin (MI) and Mark Kirk (IL), and Representatives Candice Miller (MI), Louise Slaughter (NY), Sean Duffy (WI), and John Dingell (MI) were honorary co-sponsors. Cam Davis, Senior Advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, provided background on the origins of the GLRI, funding levels, priorities, and community outreach. He described how the GLRI bridges boundaries, including political jurisdictions and parties, in order to support the economy and environment of the Great Lakes. In addition, Chad Lord of the Healing our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition reported the benefits that his group and others have seen on the recovery of the waters, beaches, wildlife, and tourism in the Great Lakes as a result of the GLRI. The final speaker, Dough Focht of Focht Construction in Port Clinton, Ohio, discussed the economic and environmental benefits he has seen as a contractor on multiple GLRI projects. View presentation slides here.
For more information, contact Danielle Chesky, Director, Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.