Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan’s economy and outdoor heritage.

The threat of invasive species to the Great Lakes is one of the greatest economic and environmental threats to our state.  Asian carp have been found present in Lake Calumet, Illinois – which has direct access to the Great Lakes and the $8 billion economy they support.

If Asian carp establish populations in the Great Lakes, they will devastate the region’s fishing and boating industries.  It is imperative we act quickly to take the necessary steps to protect our Great Lakes. 

More on Great Lakes

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.
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.