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Federal leaders support Great Lakes agenda

Congress recently adjourned for the year. In one of its final acts, the Senate passed legislative provisions widely known as the Water Resources Development Act of 2016—a bill strongly supported by the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

President Obama signed the legislation this passed Friday.

The Greater Cleveland Partnership was co-founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of about 40 chambers from across the Midwest that jointly lobby Congress on key priority areas, including: transportation infrastructure, border crossings, highly-skilled immigration, base load energy, and water.

The Coalition worked with members from across the Great Lakes states to support specific provisions related to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund allocation to the Great Lakes Navigation System, reauthorization of $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and several other initiatives that were in the final bill.

The GCP also supported language in the same legislation that further restricts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to dump contaminated dredge material from the Cuyahoga River in Lake Erie.

We applaud our U.S. Senators and the Northeast Ohio congressional delegation for their support of these initiatives.