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

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."
June 8, 2018 Press Release
“Michigan families love the Great Lakes. They want to preserve and protect them for future generations. This legislation will hold the Army Corps accountable in the fight against invasive species, help develop Michigan harbors, and allow Michigan residents to enjoy our rivers and lakes."
June 6, 2018 Press Release
"Summer has begun and millions of Michiganders are enjoying boating and fishing on the Great Lakes, so it is crucial to preserve and protect them for future generations. Funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative supports that goal and helps protect the Lakes from pollution and invasive species. I will continue to advocate for this funding and help it move forward in Congress."
June 5, 2018 Press Release
"MBS International Airport is vital to the Great Lakes Bay Region. This important funding will help the airport maintain its facilities and provide service for everyone in our region."
May 16, 2018 Press Release
“We also need to make sure the Army Corps finishes its study on preventing Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. Keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes will help protect Michigan’s economy and our way of life. Michiganders have made their views known to the Army Corps through the public comment process. The Corps should strongly consider those views and finish its recommendations for protecting the Great Lakes."
May 14, 2018 Press Release
“The Great Lakes are a priority for all Michigan residents. They are crucial to our economy and our way of life. I am thankful to my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee for joining me in support of the GLRI and the important work it does to protect the Great Lakes. I will continue to fight for this funding as it moves forward in the House.”
March 22, 2018 Press Release
"Today’s bipartisan legislation delivers for Michigan with funding to protect the Great Lakes, increased funding for national security, support for those on the frontlines against the opioid crisis, and opportunities for Michigan communities to apply for rural broadband funding. It also has funding to care for our veterans and to find cures in the fight against cancer and Alzehmier's. Finally, this legislation increases funding for roads and bridges and does more to secure our country's borders."
March 21, 2018 Press Release
"Through my work on the Appropriations Committee, I have been working hard to make sure today’s legislation benefits the priorities of Michigan residents. Today’s bipartisan agreement delivers for our state with vital funding to protect the Great Lakes so they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”