Dingell Applauds House Increase of Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) applauded the House of Representatives for passing increased funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). As Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, Dingell worked to increase the funding which works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes eco-system.
“The Great Lakes are not only a natural resource, but a way of life that support communities and jobs throughout the region,” said Dingell. “Protecting the Great Lakes is critical. When the GLRI receives the funding it needs, we can properly take care of our region’s most treasured natural resources. This allows us to create good paying jobs, enjoy outdoor activities on the lakes, and protects the health and beauty the lakes have to offer.”
The GLRI is an inter-agency program designed to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 40 million people, and hold 90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh water. Jobs, recreation, and tourism all depend upon a healthy and flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem. Yet invasive species, toxic pollution, and beach closures threaten the health and productivity of these irreplaceable bodies of water.