Great Lakes Day recently took place in Washington D.C., and Ducks Unlimited was well represented by staff and volunteers. The annual event, hosted by the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition, brings representatives from every Great Lakes state to lobby on behalf of the 30 million people who depend on the lakes for jobs, drinking water and their way of life.
“Ducks Unlimited provides an important viewpoint when Great Lakes advocates visit legislators,” said DU Public Policy Director Gildo Tori. “Our excellent delivery of projects through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a real life example of how those appropriations turn into jobs and habitat. DU should be proud of what their biologists and engineers have done with that program.”
DU staff from the Great Lakes/Atlantic office coordinated the 18-member delegation from Michigan, and visited legislators from throughout the Great Lakes states. The group found plenty of support for the Great Lakes Restoration initiative, and advocated for funding the program at the $300 million level at which it was appropriated last year.