The Great Lakes Commission has called on the Great Lakes Congressional delegation to approve legislation reauthorizing the Great Lakes Legacy Act. In correspondence from Commission Chairman John D. Cherry, Jr. (attached) the Commission expressed support for House and Senate bills that reauthorize and strengthen the Legacy Act and called for swift action to finalize and pass the bills during the current session of Congress.
Passed into law in 2002, the Great Lakes Legacy Act authorizes funding to clean up contaminated sediments in Great Lakes Areas of Concern designated under the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The Legacy Act program has removed nearly one million cubic yards of contaminated sediments from the Great Lakes and has become the cornerstone of restoration efforts for the Areas of Concern.
The Senate legislation (S. 2994) was introduced in May by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-OH). House legislation (H.R. 6460) was introduced earlier this month by Congressmen James Oberstar (D-MN) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI). The Great Lakes Commission supports both of these bills, which respond to many of the Commission’s recommendations for reauthorizing and improving the Legacy Act. Commission staff are working with the sponsors of the bills to resolve outstanding issues. The Commission's statement with recommendations for reauthorizing the Legacy Act is available online at http://glc.org/advocacy/
The Commission encourages Great Lakes stakeholders to communicate support for the Legacy Act to Congress, and urge Congress to take action on the reauthorization legislation during the current session of Congress.
Questions about the Commission's work in support of the Great Lakes Legacy Act can be directed to Tim Eder, executive director, email@example.com, 734-971-9135.
GLC Legacy Act Reauthorization Letter_July 2008_Senate Final.pdf
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