Friday, August 6, 2010

$28 Million For The Great Lakes In FY2011 State Dept Bill

Aug 5: Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin (both D-MI) announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee had approved more than $28 million for the Great Lakes in the FY 2011 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, headquartered in Ann Arbor, is slated to receive $25.7 million, including $4.4 million for sea lamprey control and fishery research in the Great Lakes Basin. The International Joint Commission, based in Washington, DC, with a regional office in Detroit, will receive more than $7.8 million, about $3 million of which will go to the Great Lakes. The bill, which was approved by an 18-12 vote (straight partyline) must now be approved by the Senate and a House-Senate conference committee before being given final congressional approval and sent to the president for his signature.

    Access a release from the Senators (click here).
 Access a summary from the Appropriations Committee (click here).