The group indicated that t
The group indicated that the GLRI has been widely hailed as kick-starting the nation's effort to restore the Great Lakes -- a resource that more than 30 million people depend on for their drinking water. The initiative funds solutions to some of the most urgent threats to the lakes, including toxic contamination, polluted run-off, aquatic invasive species, and loss of habitat and wetlands. According to a release, "As Congress works to finalize its budget, the stakes are high for the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin -- which stand to lose thousands of jobs and face more environmental and economic challenges if the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is cut. Currently, the region's states are putting people to work as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and are starting to see results from activities to restore the Lakes . . ."
The Coalition, which consists of over 115 organizations, cited a number of examples of GLRI projects and indicated that Great Lakes restoration activities produce $2 for every $1 investment, according to the Brookings Institution. Restoration projects employ people in a variety of fields, from hydrologists to engineers, landscape architects to truck drivers and more. Restoration projects create jobs now and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity.
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