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Legislation that combines the five Great Lakes into one entity for federal funding was signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act includes a provision establishing the Great Lakes Navigation System. It will enable Great Lakes communities to advocate jointly for funding instead of competing among themselves, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, said.
“The establishment of the Great Lakes Navigation System is a long-awaited, historic step in joining our region’s ports and waterways to ensure they are adequately maintained through unified funding,” Slaughter said in a statement.
The Great Lakes supports 130,000 jobs and generates $18 billion in annual revenue, Slaughter said.
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