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Full federal funding urged to protect the Great Lakes


The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Port of Cleveland and Cleveland Water Alliance today issued the following joint statement in response to the federal budget proposal released last week:

“We stand in strong support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“Our lake, Lake Erie is a treasured asset and the most vulnerable of the five Great Lakes. It accounts for $10.7 billion in economic impact and roughly 30 percent of all tourism dollars that come to our state. This economic impact trickles into nearly every aspect of our community.

“The federal government must continue fully funding GLRI to preserve, protect and enhance the Great Lakes. We will work closely with our partners across the region and with our members of Congress to ensure this funding is restored.”