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GLIN==> Groups Urge Congress to Fund Great Lakes Cleanup



Posted on behalf of the Lake Michigan Federation <LMF002@aol.com>

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Wednesday, April 12 -- The House Water Resources and Environment
Subcommittee
is today considering legislation to release up to $50 million per year in
federal dollars over five years to be used for cleaning up contaminated
sediment around the Great Lakes.

The hearing follows work by stakeholders with various interests to come up
with "principles" to guide the use of the "Great Lakes Legacy Fund."
According to the plan, priority funds would be directed at sediment cleanup
and would draw matching funds from state and municipal governments.  The
intent of the Fund is to provide for cleanup where other funds are not now
available, or to supplement those funds.

According to Cameron Davis, executive director of the Lake Michigan
Federation, who is testifying at the hearing, "Lake Michigan has provided
nature's brawn for the U.S. to grow over the past century.  Now that we're
part of the strongest economy in history, it's time to give something back
to
the Great Lakes so that they can continue to support a healthy Great Lakes
region."  The Lake Michigan Federation coordinated input from different
organizations to develop the Principles.

The House Subcommittee is hearing comments on legislation by James Oberstar
(D-MN) and Vern Ehlers (R-MI) to authorize the funds.


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