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.

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March 7, 2018 Press Release
"I strongly encourage the Army Corps to complete its report on the Soo Locks as soon as possible. This report is already behind schedule and it should be completed before June 29. Each day of inaction on this project raises the price of building a new Soo lock, costing the taxpayers more money. It's time for the Army Corps to get its work done."
February 12, 2018 Press Release
"I have always worked with my colleagues to fully fund and support our Great Lakes. In years past, we successfully defended the Great Lakes from the cuts proposed by Presidents Trump and Obama and we will fight to do so again this year."
December 8, 2017 In The News

The Michigan members who signed the letter are Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; Tim Walberg, R-Tipton; John Moolenaar, R-Midland; Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph; Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; Dave Trott, R-Birmingham; Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden; Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet; Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township; Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield; Sandy Levin, D-Royal Oak; and Mike Bishop, R-Rochester.

September 14, 2017 Press Release
Today’s legislation is a victory for important priorities in Michigan. Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will protect the Lakes against invasive species and environmental damage. The funding for agricultural research and food safety will benefit Michigan farmers and Michigan families with better crops and safer food on their tables. The legislation will also make money available for rural broadband to improve online access in our communities.
July 28, 2017 Press Release
The Army Corps' Brandon Road report draft is long overdue. The taxpayers paid for this report and it will help us understand the best way to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. This is a critical step in protecting the thousands of Michigan jobs supported by tourism, boating and fishing, and in preserving the Great Lakes for future generations.
July 27, 2017 Press Release
I am proud to support the legislation passed by the House today. It supports critical priorities for our state including a pay raise for our troops, funding for our veterans, modernizing the Soo Locks and important scientific research at Michigan State that will bring more than one thousand good-paying jobs to mid Michigan.
July 25, 2017 Editorial
This summer, I have been working hard to make sure Michigan’s priorities move forward in Congress. This includes protecting the Great Lakes, improving our infrastructure, strengthening our national security and helping our veterans. As the only Michigan member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have oversight of federal departments and agencies. Here is an update on some issues of concern to all Michigan residents.
July 12, 2017 Press Release
With Asian carp recently found less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan, the Army Corps should release the Brandon Road report promptly. The Great Lakes support billions of dollars in tourism, fishing and boating and they are integral to our way of life in Michigan. It’s time for the Army Corps to release the report and take actions to safeguard the Great Lakes ecosystem.
July 12, 2017 In The News

"The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does vital work across Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and the streams, rivers and lakes that run into them," said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, a Michigan Republican on the House appropriations committee.

July 11, 2017 In The News

“Working with private organizations and our state’s leading research universities, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does vital work across Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and the streams, rivers and lakes that run into them,” Moolenaar said in a statement.

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