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E-M:/ Great Lakes Restoration Hearing/Briefing Friday 4/21 at 1pm

Michigan Activists!
Want to alert all of you to a Great Lakes Restoration hearing/briefing this coming Friday (April 21st) in Grand Rapids.  It's scheduled to begin at 1pm at the Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids, 301 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.  Last Wed April 5th the Great Lakes Restoration Bills were introduced by Representatives Emanuel (D-IL) and Ehlers (R-MI) HR 5100 and Senators Levin (D-MI) and DeWine (R-NY) SB 2545 .  These bills implement many of the priority recommendations in the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration's December report and creates a structure to ensure the implementation of the full Great Lakes restoration plan. Since Grand Rapids is Rep Vern Ehlers hometown, he's holding the first hearing/briefing in Grand Rapids.
I will follow up with more hearing details after I hear back from Rep Ehlers office. To find more information regarding restoring the Great Lakes see the following website;  www.restorethelakes.org  
See below a listing of the concerned groups, currently supporting this legislation.
Jan O'Connell
To date the following groups have signed-on in support of the legislation.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
American Rivers
Audubon Minnesota
Audubon New York
Audubon Ohio
Audubon Pennsylvania
Biodiversity Project
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action Alliance of Minnesota
Clean Wisconsin
Cuyahoga -American Heritage River Initiative
Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan
Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America
Environmental Association for Great Lakes Education
Erie County Environmental Coalition
Friends of Big Walnut Creek
Friends of the Crooked River
Georgian Bay Association
Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund
Great Lakes Boating Federation
Great Lakes United
Illinois Division of the Izaak Walton League of America
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Lake Michigan Interleague Organization
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin
Michigan Division of the Izaak Walton League of America
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Milwaukee Riverkeeper
Minnesota Division of the Izaak Walton League of America
National Parks Conservation Association
National Wildlife Federation
Nature Quebec
New York Rivers United
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio Greenways
Ohio League of Conservation Voters
River Alliance of Wisconsin
Save the Dunes Council
Sierra Club
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper
Wisconsin Division of the Izaak Walton League of America