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

June 23, 2017 Press Release
The finding of Asian carp less than ten miles from Lake Michigan is another alarm bell for action to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem from this invasive species.
June 21, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Moolenaar raised concerns about the administration’s proposal to cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In his support for the GLRI, Congressman Moolenaar emphasized that the Great Lakes are an international border and contain 20 percent of the world’s freshwater, supplying drinking water to millions of Americans.
June 7, 2017 Press Release
The Soo Locks are vital to our country. We need to improve the 50-year old infrastructure and build a new lock to grow the economy and protect good-paying jobs for hardworking Michigan residents.
May 26, 2017 Editorial
In Congress, there is bipartisan support for new investment in our country’s infrastructure, but all of those projects will need the iron ore that goes through the Soo Locks and the American steel that comes from it. Funding a new Soo lock is a necessary down payment to ensure these projects happen.
March 16, 2017 Editorial
I have written a new op-ed about my efforts to protect the Great Lakes.
September 28, 2016 Press Release
"This is a step forward for Flint and the rebuilding of its water infrastructure. This legislation will help Flint heal and I want to thank the entire Michigan delegation and House leadership for their support of this legislation," said Congressman Moolenaar.
June 22, 2016 Press Release
“With President Obama's signature today, America’s Toxic Substances Control Act is updated for the first time in 40 years. This new law strengthens environmental protections for all Americans, recognizes the value of more than 800,000 people employed in the chemical industry and keeps America as the world leader in research and innovation.”
May 23, 2016 Press Release
Chemistry is vital for our quality of life and economic growth, and reforming TSCA is essential to guaranteeing that the chemical and materials industry in the U.S. will continue to grow in a manner consistent with our human health and environment.
April 22, 2016 Press Release
As a Mid Michigan resident it is important to me to find ways to help rural communities in Michigan along with our neighbors in Flint. Rural communities in my district and across Michigan also have water safety concerns and this legislation eliminates barriers to federal grants for water infrastructure financing and technical assistance.
March 15, 2016 Press Release
Rep. John Moolenaar's statement on Flint Oversight Hearing.

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