(Chicago, IL) Nov 8, 2020 – Engaging in the democratic process is one of the most powerful ways people throughout the Great Lakes region can have a voice. The Alliance for the Great Lakes congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Now that the votes have been counted, we must respect the vote and the work of election officials who have led a fair and transparent process.

President-elect Biden, in partnership with the Great Lakes region, has the opportunity to place safe and clean water at the center of our communities and make them healthier and more equitable than before.

We encourage President-elect Biden to work closely with Congress and Great Lakes leaders to invest in fixing our failing drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments in clean water support getting people back to work, protect public health, and ready our communities for a changing climate – a win for everyone. He can also commit his administration to ensuring that basic federal clean water protections are vigorously supported and enforced, especially in communities that bear a disproportionate burden from pollution.

President-elect Biden has much work to do. A resurgence of COVID-19 and an economic crisis is affecting millions around the Great Lakes region and the nation. The pandemic is tragically highlighting the inequalities in our communities, and the intrinsic connection between clean water and health.

We look forward to working with President-elect Biden to create a Great Lakes region, and nation, with thriving, healthy ecosystems and communities.

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For media inquiries, contact Jennifer Caddick at jcaddick@greatlakes.org