Whether it’s a lazy weekend on the beach with loved ones, enjoying a sunset pontoon boat cruise, or any number of activities — Michiganders all enjoy a deep, personal connection with our Great Lakes.
I’m no different from anyone else who has grown up along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and share these same fond memories. This week, we celebrated Great Lakes Day, a chance to bring together stakeholders from across the political spectrum to discuss issues facing the Great Lakes. As it relates to the work we’re doing in Congress, we’re supporting our Great Lakes in four important ways.
The first way is through consistent funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI is the main federal program tasked with forming a public and private partnership to protect and restore our Great Lakes.
Since 2010, Congress has provided more than $2 billion in funding to the GLRI to promote the cleanup of toxic hotspots, curb the growth of harmful algal blooms, and promote the overall well-being of the Great Lakes watershed.