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Obama signs Great Lakes legislation

By THOMAS ADAMS - 6/10/2014

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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