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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 - for our families today, and for future generations to come.

On September 28, 2016, I voted for H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act. This bill contained a number of important provisions for the Great Lakes, including authorization of maintenance of harbors, channels, and other water infrastructure projects. It also included a formal authorization for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 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.

I am also a co-author of H. Res. 197. Introduced on March 13, 2017, this resolution expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the President and Secretary of State should ensure that the Canadian Government does not permanently store nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin. Our entire Michigan Delegation has been active in educating officials of both the United States and Canada on the importance of this issue and we remain steadfast in our opposition to the storage of nuclear waste on the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes are also a critical mode of transportation - not just for recreation and tourism, but for trade and shipping as well. It is imperative that we make sure we can keep our waterways 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.

You can read about many of my latest actions to support the Great Lakes in the press releases posted below.

More on Great Lakes

May 3, 2017 Press Release
"“I believe our district’s priorities are reflected in the legislation passed today. Moving forward, Congress must address the deeper budget problems we face," said Bishop.
March 3, 2017 Press Release
"Our environment, tourism, fishing and regional economy depend on the health and well-being of these precious waterways – and all are in serious jeopardy if we do not take action against the Asian Carp and fellow invasive species,” said Bishop.
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.