The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing on: “Protecting and Restoring America’s Iconic Waters”

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment is holding a hearing on US EPA’s geographic programs, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI), This is an important opportunity for local leaders to provide input on the GRLI and how it is impacting their communities.

Statements should be addressed to the chair and ranking members of the full committee as well as water the resources subcommittee. Submissions can be emailed to Alexa Williams at alexa.williams2@mail.house.gov  Statements should be submitted by  Friday June 21, if possible, or Monday June 24 to be included in the hearing record.

2019 Great Lakes Public Forum

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement calls for the U.S. and Canada to convene the Great Lakes Public Forum once every three years to discuss the state of the lakes and progress made under the Agreement, and to provide an opportunity for public input.

The Forum gives the two Parties an opportunity to update the public on the state of the Great Lakes, progress being made under the Agreement, and the Parties’ science and action priorities for the next three years. Additional topics to be covered at the Great Lakes Public Forum include:

  • Lakewide Management
  • Areas of Concern
  • Nutrients
  • Invasive Species
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Chemicals of Mutual Concern; and
  • Discharges from Vessels

Registration will close on Friday, May 31, 2019

US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Public Input Session

U.S. EPA will host a series of public engagement sessions this summer to update the public on the GLRI and to seek their input on future priorities. See EPA news release 6/1/18

At these sessions, members of the public will be able to;

  • learn more about the GLRI Action Plan development process,
  • talk with representatives from EPA and other agencies, and
  • provide input on priorities to be used in the initial stage of developing the next GLRI Action Plan.

EPA and its federal partners are in the process of developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for 2020-2024.

Action Plan III will identify five focus areas for environmental progress:

  • toxic substances and areas of concern
  • invasive species
  • nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health
  • habitat and species
  • future restoration actions

The proposed plan is expected to be available for formal public comment this fall.

The schedule of public engagement sessions is:

  • June 13 – Toledo, OH
  • June 21- Rochester, NY
  • July 12 – Duluth, MN
  • July 18 – Milwaukee, WI
  • July 24 – Saginaw, MI
  • Aug. 7 – Chicago, IL

Submit your input online

US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Public Input Session

U.S. EPA will host a series of public engagement sessions this summer to update the public on the GLRI and to seek their input on future priorities. See EPA news release 6/1/18

At these sessions, members of the public will be able to;

  • learn more about the GLRI Action Plan development process,
  • talk with representatives from EPA and other agencies, and
  • provide input on priorities to be used in the initial stage of developing the next GLRI Action Plan.

EPA and its federal partners are in the process of developing Action Plan III, which will outline priorities and goals for the GLRI for 2020-2024.

Action Plan III will identify five focus areas for environmental progress:

  • toxic substances and areas of concern
  • invasive species
  • nonpoint source pollution impacts on nearshore health
  • habitat and species
  • future restoration actions

The proposed plan is expected to be available for formal public comment this fall.

The schedule of public engagement sessions is:

  • June 13 – Toledo, OH
  • June 21- Rochester, NY
  • July 12 – Duluth, MN
  • July 18 – Milwaukee, WI
  • July 24 – Saginaw, MI
  • Aug. 7 – Chicago, IL

Submit your input online