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Record #: R2014-7   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 1/15/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Call for U.S. Congress to restore funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Sponsors: Cardenas, George A., Moore, Joseph, Pawar, Ameya, Smith, Michele, Hairston, Leslie A., Fioretti, Bob, Foulkes, Toni, Pope, John
Attachments: 1. R2014-7.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes comprise almost 20% of the world's surface fresh water and 95% of North America's fresh surface water, and supply drinking water to more than 40 million U.S. and Canadian residents; and

WHEREAS, Lake Michigan alone contains 4.3% of the world's fresh surface water, less than 1% of which is renewed annually; and

WHEREAS, Lake Michigan supplies drinking water to more than 8 million Illinoisans and to all of the people of the city of Chicago; and

WHEREAS, Chicago's Lake Michigan shoreline parks and beaches provide unrivaled and vital recreational, quality of life and economic benefits to the city of Chicago, its residents and its visitors;

WHEREAS, Chicago's Lake Michigan marinas comprise the largest municipal harbor system in the Great Lakes and the nation;

WHEREAS, Lake Michigan is threatened by pathogens that close beaches; sewage overflows that cloud the Chicago River and the lake; invasive species that disrupt infrastructure, damage boating and fishing and cost the region hundreds of millions of dollars each year; and toxic contamination of sediments that threatens the health of people and wildlife; and

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes region has recognized the cost of addressing these threats at more than $20 billion and joined together in an unprecedented collaborative effort of governors, mayors, tribes, businesses, non­governmental organizations and federal leaders to protect and restore the Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and

WHEREAS, economists have found that every $1 invested to restore the Great Lakes leads to at least $2 in economic benefit; and

WHEREAS, since 2010 the White House and a strong bipartisan coalition in Congress have provided more than $1.3 billion for this Initiative; and

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been highly successful and is producing results on the ground around the region and in Chicago, such as the restoration of Northerly Island and the Calumet region, clea...

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