America's biggest source of fresh water, the Great Lakes, is getting attention from lawmakers on Capitol Hill. 

Measures to pressure communities to improve sewer systems, block invasive species from getting into the U.S. and fund continuing cleanup efforts in the Great Lakes are among the bills awaiting action in Congress.

Chad Lord, policy director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, testified in Washington Wednesday in favor of the three bills and other environment-related legislation when he appeared before the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee.

"The Great Lakes are a global resource," Lord said. "Over 30 million people depend on them for their drinking water, and millions more benefit from the business, industry and commerce that is connected to them."

He continued: "Today, the lakes suffer from a legacy of toxic pollution, the introduction and spread of invasive species, and the loss and degradation of habitat."

Here's a look at some of the bills Lord discussed. Readers who want to find out more about the bills and track their program can look them up at Thomas, the Library of Congress bill tracking website at Lord's testimony is available at

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