Trott: We Must Fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Today, U.S. Representative Dave Trott (MI-11) issued the following statement after requesting full funding for the GLRI for FY2019 in the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill:
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has made great strides in protecting our beautiful Great Lakes. As the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes are an unparalleled economic driver supporting jobs, transportation, recreation, tourism and agriculture for people across the United States. Since 2010, GLRI has shown real and measurable results, from restoring native habitats, to combating invasive species, to improving water quality. This funding is vital in keeping the Great Lakes healthy. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this important funding.”
Rep. Trott joined a bipartisan letter sent to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies urging $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the FY2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, in line with past authorizations.
The GLRI was launched in 2010 as an effort to protect and restore the Great Lakes. Federal Agencies use the GLRI resources to target the greatest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, such as preventing and controlling invasive species and restoring native habitats. Its activities are funded through grants and transfers to other federal agencies.