Making Democracy Work

Issues of Environment and Sustainability

ACTION NEEDED

As an individual voter, Contact Senator Joe Donnelly (202-224-4814; 720 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 20510-1401) with your thanks and encouragement to continue opposing the drastic cuts in the presidents' proposed budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.

LWVGL officially contacted Senator Donnelly, Senator Young and Representative Rokita. Donnelly, is the priority. He needs to hear from you as an individual. For more, see the Hoosier Environmental Council's call-to-action below (with updates by us in Italics based on our conversation with a Donnelly D.C. staff member).

If your time permits, ask Senator Todd Young (202-224-5623; 400 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510) and Representative Todd Rokita (202-225-5037; 2439 Rayburn House Office Building; Washington, D.C. 20515-1405) to oppose EPA funding cuts, especially for crucial programs such as the Great Lakes Regional Initiative and the clean-up efforts in progress here in Indiana.

Phone or letter is best; but their websites give you an electronic option:

https://www.donnelly.senate.gov/contact/email-joe
https://www.young.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
https://rokita.house.gov/contact-me

Hoosier Environmental Council:

Call U.S. Senator Donnelly to Push Back Against Anti-Environmental Measures

With the 2017 Indiana General Assembly behind us, HEC will be stepping up our efforts to inform supporters like you of opportunities to stand up for U.S. leadership on the environment.

In Good News: U.S. Senator Donnelly made the right the decision to oppose a bill that would have crippled a federal policy aimed at controlling methane emissions (i.e., the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule) -- an important part of U.S. climate strategy. Thankfully, that bill was defeated, in a major victory for environmental & public health advocates.

In Challenging News: There are an array of assaults that are continuing against federal environmental & climate protections efforts. Together, we can work to head off the latest threat: the Trump EPA budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposed budget would eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, (GLRI), and slash funding intended to clean up contaminated sites and intended to safeguard our drinking water systems.

There are also efforts to pass the anti-science Regulatory Accountability Act and to weaken the Endangered Species Act.

TAKE ACTION

Please call Senator Joe Donnelly at 202-224-4814 to:

1. Thank him for...- his decision to vote "No" to the repeal of the BLM Methane Rule and

- signing Congressional letters in support of the EPA (opposing elimination of GLRI funding, and opposing elimination of Region 5 of the EPA)

2. Urge Senator Donnelly to say "No" to:

a. The overall Trump EPA budget cuts

b. The proposed "Regulatory Accountability Act"

c. Any threats to the Endangered Species Act




Environmental and Sustainability Committee Events

Jenny Leshner, Lafayette City Engineer, and Dave Henderson, West Lafayette Utility Director, provided an educational forum for the public about the Lafayette and West Lafayette Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) projects. The event was well attended and all who attended learned about the progress being made in Tippecanoe County to protect the Wabash River. Listen to the audio presentations. Depending on your browser and the app you use to listen to audio, you should find the "download" choice, possibly save or save-as the file and then open the file to listen. View the slides from the West Lafayette presentation as well as the Lafayette presentation.

Go to the City websites (Lafayette and West Lafayette) for additional information on these projects.

Group picture - CSO presentation March 21, 2017

Jenny Leshney, Lafayette City Engineer

Dave Henderson, WL Wastewater Treatment Utility Director


Environmental Resources

For information on environmental legislative issues, LWVGL and LWVIN suggest that you go to the "Bill Watch" section of the Hoosier Environmental Council's web page. You can also sign up for their e-newsletter, "WHAT the HEC is Happening at the Statehouse".