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Great Lakes funding restored, advocacy continues

Last week the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior (EPA and related agencies) marked up its FY2018 appropriations bill.

This proposal restored the $300 million funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that was originally eliminated in the president’s executive budget proposal. The subcommittee also included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged materials from the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the State of Ohio.

Finally, the bill contains funding to maintain the Cleveland Harbor—a critical shipping channel in Cleveland for businesses around the world. The Greater Cleveland Partnership thanks subcommittee members Congressman Dave Joyce and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur for their hard work on these initiatives.

“Protecting the quality of our Great Lakes, due to its social and economic benefit to our region, remains an important priority for the GCP,” said Joe Roman, the GCP’s president and CEO.

“We applaud our elected officials for their leadership on this issue and look forward to supporting their advocacy efforts for the Great Lakes throughout the appropriations process.”