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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Great Lakes


The Great Lakes make Michigan special and are home to thousands of species of plant and wildlife. Together, our lakes support an annual $7+ billion fishing industry, as well as hunting, hiking, camping and tourism across the state. Invasive species such as sea lamprey, zebra mussels and Asian carp, however, pose a grave threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. As residents of Michigan, we must do our part to preserve the natural environment.


I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R. 1135, the Defending Our Great Lakes Act of 2015, which directs the Army Corps of Engineers to execute a short-term prevention strategy while developing and implementing a long-term plan to keep Asian carp out of our lakes. It also instructs the Corps to work with a variety of local, state and federal governments to carry out both the short and long term solutions.  


I have also cosponsored H.R. 223, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GRLI) Act of 2015, which will fund the GRLI through 2020. This initiative focuses on cleaning our water - not just in the lakes, but in the rivers and tributaries, as well. It especially helps in the fight against invasive species, the protection of our shoreline and the removal toxic and harmful debris.


Finally, the Great Lakes are a critical mode of transportation - for recreation, but also trade and shipping. It is imperative that we make sure we can keep the shipping lanes open. This means maintaining infrastructure at choke points and harbors, as well as dredging to Congressionally-approved levels in shallow passes to ensure ships can maximize the loads they carry each trip. Securing this mode of interstate transportation is good for Michigan’s economy, both along the shores and inland.

More on Great Lakes

December 8, 2016 Press Release
“Representing this district and state means fighting for our families – and that includes getting the people of Flint the long-overdue help they need," said Bishop.
September 28, 2016 Press Release
"The people of Flint want solutions, and this bipartisan legislation starts that process," said Bishop. "I applaud my House colleagues for coming together on this bill to ensure we are focused on long-term investments in the Great Lakes, as well."
April 26, 2016 Press Release
“As a lifelong Michigan resident, I believe each of us has a responsibility to ensure the beautiful lakes, beaches and rivers we enjoy today will still be around for our children and their children in the years to come," said Bishop.
December 18, 2015 Press Release
Read Rep. Bishop's statement on the omnibus package and its legislative highlights for Michigan.
September 15, 2015 Press Release
“Congressman Dan Benishek has been a strong, loyal voice for our veterans, families and small businesses," Rep. Bishop said, following the announcement Benishek will retire at the end of this term.
August 3, 2015 Video

Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) recaps the first 7 months as he begins August in the district.

July 1, 2015 Video

U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop introduces Patriot Week Resolution.

May 27, 2015 Press Release
"Allowing an outside, federal entity like the EPA to have its hands in local tributaries and waterways – including the Great Lakes – would stifle the local and state governments that understand them best," said Rep. Bishop in response to the EPA’s final Waters of the United States rule today.