In March 2020, a group of Wisconsin residents traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate lawmakers in Congress to support funding and protections for our Great Lakes.

These Wisconsin residents come from many different backgrounds and communities along Lakes Michigan and Superior, but one thing connected them all: water, and the aim to protect it from the threats brought by invasive species, pollution and climate change.

In this episode of the podcast, we head to nation’s capital to meet up with three of these advocates and learn that human connection may be our best hope of protecting our Great Lakes.

Background reading:

You can read more about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and how it helps Wisconsin’s Great Lakes communities at the DNR’s website.

In January, the DNR and EPA announced they are spending over $29 million over the next 8 years to address polluted sediment in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern. The goal is accelerate the cleanup of the estuary and to delist it as an Area of Concern.

Take Action: Tell members of Congress to support funding for clean water and public health in COVID-19 response legislation.

A special thanks to Brenda Coley and Joe Fitzgerald at Milwaukee Water Commons.

Learn more about the Healing Our Waters—Great Lakes Coalition.