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SAMPLE LETTER TO CANADIAN LEGISLATORS

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Dear Member of Parliament

I am sending you this letter to express my concern over current “crisis” high water levels on the middle Great Lakes. Our government agencies are trying to blame this entirely on the weather but in fact the levels data and satellite imagery tells another story and points to decreased conveyance capacity in the St. Clair River so that water is simply not able to flow out of Lakes Michigan/ Huron and Georgian Bay. However, I am concerned about the lack of action on the part of our political leadership to reduce these levels through existing methods such as reducing inflows into Lake Superior from the Long Lac-Ogoki Diversion and increasing outflows through the Lake Michigan Diversion at Chicago. I understand that using these diversion canals will only reduce extreme levels by a moderate amount, but we need any help that we can get now! We want all options to be implemented.

I ask you to formally request the Ontario government and Ontario Power Generation to immediately temporarily reduce the discharges from the Long Lac and Ogoki diversion. Further, I ask you to request that the US State Department work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase temporarily the Chicago diversion immediately. These measures would provide relief for all the Great Lake’s current high water level conditions. Furthermore, both Americans and Canadians want the International Joint Commission to establish an international working committee that includes riparian representatives to assess unreported changes that have been occurring in the St. Clair – Detroit River system. We need our governments and their agencies to focus their attention on ensuring that the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River system is more resilient to climate extremes over the remainder of this century. Our Great Lakes need this emphasis today.

Sincerely,

Contact information for Canadian Legislators

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# FEDERAL: Email
1 Prime Minister of Canada :  Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau  Justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
2 Deputy Prime Minister of Canada & Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs :  Hon. Chrystia Freeland  Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca 
3 Minister of Foreign Affairs :  Hon. Francois-Philippe Champagne  francois-philippe.champagne@parl.gc.ca
4 Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness :  Hon. Bill Blair  Bill.Blair@parl.gc.ca 
5 Minister of Transport :  Hon. Marc Garneau  marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca
6 Minister of the Environment & Climate Change :  Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson  Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca 
7 Your MP http://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en/search 
# ONTARIO
9 Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry :  Hon. John Yakabuski  John.yakabuski@pc.ola.org 
10 Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing :  Hon. Steve Clark steve.clark@pc.ola.org 
11 Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries :  Hon. Lisa MacLeod  Lisa.macleodco@pc.ola.org 
12 Minister of Environment, Conservation & Parks :  Hon. Jeff Yurek  jeff.yurek@pc.ola.org 
13 Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade :  Hon. Vic Fedeli  vic.fedeli@pc.ola.org 
14 Minister of Transportation :  Hon. Caroline Mulroney  caroline.mulroney@pc.ola.org 
15 Solicitor General of Ontario :  Hon. Sylvia Jones  sylvia.jones@pc.ola.org 
16 Your MPP :  http://www.ola.org/en/members 

Phone or snail mail more your style? Look elected officials up on the internet. FEDERAL and ONTARIO.

SAMPLE LETTER TO U.S. LEGISLATORS

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Dear Senator/Representative xxxxx :

I am sending you this letter to express my concern over current water levels on the Great Lakes. I know that we have received substantial high-water supplies that have pushed up lake levels. However, I am concerned about the lack of action on the part of our national leadership to reduce these levels through existing methods such as reducing inflows into Lake Superior from the Long Lac-Ogoki Diversion and increasing outflows through the Lake Michigan Diversion at Chicago. I understand that using these diversion canals will only reduce extreme levels in a moderate amount, but we need any help that we can get now! We want all options to be implemented.

I ask you to sign on letters being compiled by Senators Stabenow and Peters to formally request the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to work towards implementing these two fixes immediately. Furthermore, we want the International Joint Commission to establish an international working committee that includes riparian representatives to assess changes that have been occurring in the St. Clair – Detroit River system. We need these agencies to focus their attention on ensuring that the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River system is more resilient to climate extremes over the remainder of this century. Our Great Lakes need this emphasis today.

Sincerely,

Contact information for US Great Lakes Congressional Delegation

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Senators

All U.S. Senate mail addresses are: 
Washington D.C. 20510

Contact Form URL

Gary Peters (MI)
724 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-6221

https://www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary

Debbie Stabenow (MI)
731 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-4822

https://www.stabenow.senate.gov/contact

Ron Johnson (WI)
328 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-5323

https://www.ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-the-senator

Tammy Baldwin (WI)
709 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-5653

https://www.baldwin.senate.gov/feedback

Dick Durbin (IL)
711 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-2152

https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/

Tammy Duckworth (IL)
524 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-2854

https://www.duckworth.senate.gov/help/email-tammy

Mike Braun (IN)
374 Russel Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-4814

https://www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike

Todd Young (IN)
185 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-5623

https://www.young.senate.gov/contact

Rob Portman (OH)
448 Russell Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-3353

https://www.portman.senate.gov/meet/contact

Sherrod Brown (OH)
503 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-2315

https://www.brown.senate.gov/contact/

Bob Casey (PA)
393 Russell Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-6324

https://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/

Pat Toomey (PA)
248 Russell Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-4254

https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
478 Russell Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-4451

https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

Chuck Schumer (NY)
322 Hart Senate Office Bldg
(202) 224-6542

https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

   

U.S. House of Representatives

All U.S. House mail addresses are:  Washington D.C. 20515

Contact Form URL

Jack Bergman (MI-1)
414 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4735

https://bergman.house.gov/contact/

Bill Huizenga (MI-2)
2232 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4401

https://huizenga.house.gov/contact/

Justin Amash (MI-3)
106 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3831

https://amash.house.gov/contact

John Moolenaar (MI-4)
117 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3561

https://moolenaar.house.gov/contact

Dan Kildee (MI-5)
203 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3611

https://dankildee.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email

Fred Upton (MI-6)
2183 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3761

https://upton.house.gov/contact/zipauth.htm

Tim Walberg (MI-7)
2266 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-6276

https://walberg.house.gov/contact/email

Andy Levin (MI-9)
228 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4961

https://andylevin.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email-me

Paul Mitchell (MI-10)
211 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-2106

https://mitchell.house.gov/contact

Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
116 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4071

https://debbiedingell.house.gov/contact/

Rashida Tlaib (MI 13)
1628 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5126

https://tlaib.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email-me

Brenda Lawrence (MI-14)
2463 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5802

https://lawrence.house.gov/contact

Bryan Steil (WI-1)
1408 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3031

https://steil.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email-me

Gwen Moore (WI-4)
2252 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4572

https://gwenmoore.house.gov/contact/

Glenn Grothman (WI-6)
1427 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-2476

https://grothman.house.gov/contact/

Mike Gallagher (WI-8)
1230 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5665

https://gallagher.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email

Bobby Rush (IL-1)
2188 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4372

https://rush.house.gov/contact/email-me

Robin Kelly (IL-2)
2416 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-0773

https://robinkelly.house.gov/contact/email-me

Mike Quigley (IL-5)
2458 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4061

https://quigleyforms.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Danny K. Davis (IL-7)
2159 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5006

https://davis.house.gov/email-me/

Jan Schakowski (IL-9)
2367 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-2111

https://schakowsky.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email-me

Brad Schneider (IL-10)
1432 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4835

https://schneider.house.gov/zip-code-lookup?form=/contact/email

Pete Visclosky (IN-1)
2328 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-2461

https://visclosky.house.gov/contact-pete/email-pete

Jim Jordan (OH-4)
2056 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-2676

https://jordan.house.gov/contact/

Bob Latta (OH-5)
2467 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-6405

https://latta.house.gov/contact/

Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
2186 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4146

https://kaptur.house.gov/contact/email

Marcia Fudge (OH-11)
2344 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-7032

https://fudge.house.gov/email-me/

Dave Joyce (OH-14)
1124 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5731

https://joyce.house.gov/email-me/

Mike Kelly (PA-16)
1707 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5406

https://kelly.house.gov/contact-me/email-me

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)
318 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-4611

https://stefanik.house.gov/contact

Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
329 Cannon House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3665

https://brindisi.house.gov/contact/email-me

Tom Reed (NY-23)
2263 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3161

https://reed.house.gov/contact/

John Katko (NY-24)
2457 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3701

https://katko.house.gov/contact/email

Joseph Morelle (NY-25)
1317 Longworth House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3615

https://morelleforms.house.gov/contact/

Brian Higgins (NY-26)
2459 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-3306

https://higgins.house.gov/contact

Chris Collins (NY-27)
2243 Rayburn House Office Bldg
(202) 225-5265

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