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Record #: R2017-213   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 3/29/2017 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Final action: 6/28/2017
Title: Expression of opposition to reduction in federal funding to Environmental Protection Agency and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Sponsors: Waguespack, Scott, Munoz, Ricardo, Villegas, Gilbert, Santiago, Milagros, Mell, Deborah, Austin, Carrie M., O'Connor, Patrick, Hairston, Leslie A., Cardenas, George A., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Harris, Michelle A., Mitts, Emma, Reboyras, Ariel, Taliaferro, Chris, Ervin, Jason C., Burnett, Jr., Walter, Mitchell, Gregory I., Hopkins, Brian , King, Sophia D., Dowell, Pat, Sposato, Nicholas, Solis, Daniel, Scott, Jr. Michael, Napolitano, Anthony V., Smith, Michele, Reilly, Brendan, Tunney, Thomas, Arena, John, Osterman, Harry, Pawar, Ameya, Cappleman, James, Silverstein, Debra L., Quinn, Marty, Lopez, Raymond A., Foulkes, Toni, Willie B. Cochran, Moore, Joseph, Moore, David H., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Beale, Anthony, Thompson, Patrick D., Brookins, Jr., Howard, Burke, Edward M., Maldonado, Roberto, Sawyer, Roderick T.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health
Attachments: 1. R2017-213.pdf



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Committee(s) Assignment:
Burke (14) Maldonado (26) Sawyer (6) Resolution
Call for opposition to reduction in federal funding to Environmental Protection Agency and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
March 29, 2017
RESOLUTION - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes are the second largest body of freshwater in the world, containing 95% of fresh surface water in the U.S. and roughly 22% of the Earth's freshwater; and


WHEREAS, the Great Lakes provide roughly 40 million people with drinking water; and

WHEREAS, Lake Michigan is the third largest of the Great Lakes, spanning sixty-three miles of coast in Illinois and providing public drinking water to more than 10 million people; and

WHEREAS, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) was launched in 2010, for the purpose of improving water quality, ensuring pollution control and remediation, oversight of waterfront development, combating invasive species and restoring healthy native habitats; and


WHEREAS, since its inception in 2010, the GLRI has provided $2.2 billion dollars in funding to eight states; and

WHEREAS, GLRI provides funds for numerous projects with goals including habitat restoration, environmental remediation and clean-up, removal of invasive species and treatment of toxic water pollution; and

WHEREAS, to date GLRI provided funding for 10 initiatives in the state of Illinois, with three located in Chicago proper; and

WHEREAS, GLRI funding was essential to the Burnham Wildlife Corridor along Lake Shore Drive, which removed invasive species from the area to create safe habitat for migratory birds and butterflies to stop-over during seasonal migration; and

WHEREAS, GLRI funding was essential to the 63rd Street Dune and Beach Restoration, which restored 21 acres of dunes and aquatic habitat, successfully returning native plants and birds to the area, including e...

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