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Hoosier to Advocate for Funding of Great Lakes Restoration

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Advocates from Indiana, including Save the Dunes, will be in Washington D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday, to urge support to maintain federal funds for efforts to restore and protect Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes. Save the Dunes Executive Director Nicole Barker told the Region News Team they are looking for sustained funding of around 300 million dollars for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for fiscal year 2015 as well as more permanent legislation.
The initiative has funded 77 projects in Indiana ranging from the cleanup of the Grand Calumet River to extensive wetland restoration projects at Cowles Bog and the Great Marsh of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Barker says some other issues they are looking to address is waste water infrastructure to stop overflow in to the lakes and getting legislators to separate Chicago waterways from Lake Michigan to prevent the spread of the Asian Carp. The visit coincides with President Obama's budget tomorrow. An EPA administrator is scheduled to address the advocates on Wednesday afternoon.


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