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.
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