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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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.
"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.