Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan’s economy and outdoor heritage. As a unique national treasure and the largest system of fresh surface water in the world, the Great Lakes provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people and are an economic driver that supports jobs, commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism.

It is imperative that we protect this vital asset against invasive species. Asian carp have been found less than ten miles from Lake Michigan. If Asian carp establish populations in the Great Lakes, they will devastate the region’s fishing and boating industries. The Army Corps of Engineers must act quickly to take the necessary steps to protect our Great Lakes. 

I strongly support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Since the initiative was launched in 2010, GLRI funds have been used to support over 3,000 restoration projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitat, clean up environmentally-impaired Areas of Concern, fight invasive species, and prevent beach closings. I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure funding for protecting the Great Lakes.

More on Great Lakes

October 10, 2018 Press Release
"Today's vote shows there is strong bipartisan support for the Soo Locks. After more than a decade of inaction in Washington, the Soo Locks are receiving the attention they deserve and progress is being made. I will continue to work on this vital priority for Michigan as it takes the next steps."
September 19, 2018 In The News

“With the president coming out showing his support, Homeland Security showing support, and now, the Army Corps of Engineers, I think we’ve had a lot of progress on that front,” he said. “It’s good for Michigan. The taconite, which goes into our iron ore and steel for autos, appliances and other manufacturers comes through there, so it’s vital for the whole industrial, manufacturing supply chain in North America.”

September 18, 2018 In The News

Congressman John Moolenaar visited Cadillac Tuesday and updated us on current legislation directly affecting Michiganders.

The congressman spoke about the house’s Great Lakes Restoration initiative, as well as work on the opioid crisis, veterans issues, and the budget.

September 13, 2018 Press Release
"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans, and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo. After 50 years of harsh winters and extraordinary maintenance, we need to build a second lock to be ready in case the one lock we have fails. We cannot afford a disruption of the Great Lakes shipping that is crucial to American manufacturing jobs and the products enjoyed by millions of Americans. I will be working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to fund this vital construction for Michigan and the country."
September 13, 2018 In The News

"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo," said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who has been pushing for authorization of the project and is likely to be a key member to secure funding as the state's only member of the Appropriations Committee. "After 50 years of harsh winters and extraordinary maintenance, we need to build a second lock to be ready in case the one lock we have fails."

September 13, 2018 Press Release
"I have worked to make sure Michigan's priorities for our veterans and the Great Lakes receive the federal funding they need. This legislation includes more support for veterans in rural communities and helps all veterans who might be at risk from the opioid crisis. Recent reforms at the VA have led to increased accountability and the funding passed today will do more to help our veterans receive the care they deserve for serving our country.
September 11, 2018 Press Release
"This authorization is a huge step forward for building a new Soo Lock and many of us have been working together in Congress to make this happen. Through my meetings with Army Corps officials, I know they are ready to start on this important infrastructure project. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be working to advance this vital priority for our state and fighting to ensure it receives the funding it needs to move forward."
July 19, 2018 Press Release
"Protection for the Great Lakes is a top priority for Michigan residents and as our state's only member of the House Appropriations Committee I successfully worked to make sure it was included in today's legislation. The GLRI benefits our state and does vital work to help ensure Michigan families will be able to enjoy the Great Lakes this summer and for years to come."
July 18, 2018 Press Release
“The Great Lakes are a vital part of Michigan’s outdoor heritage and this funding will support smart conservation of our fisheries so Michiganders can enjoy fishing on the Great Lakes for years to come,” said Moolenaar, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
June 29, 2018 Press Release
"Today's report from the Army Corps shows how vital the Soo Locks are to our country's economy and national security. Everyone in Michigan, along with President Trump, knows we need a new, second lock to support the current lock so freighters will always be able to transit the Great Lakes and I will be working in Congress to secure funding for this project. After years of studies and reports, today's report is a greenlight for the Army Corps. It's time to get this done and improve our country's aging infrastructure."