Great Lakes restoration funding bill passes House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, legislation cosponsored by Dr. Dan Benishek, H.R. 223, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act, was passed in the House by voice vote.

The bill would authorize funding for the GLRI at $300 million annually until 2020.  Benishek was an original cosponsor of the bipartisan initiative that will continue to help restore the Great Lakes.

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“The Great Lakes play a role in the lives of every person in Northern Michigan in one form or the other. From recreation to commerce, the Great Lakes are a vital part of our way of life and we must continue to support efforts to protect and preserve them for future generations,” said Benishek, the only member from Michigan on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Originally started in 2010, the GLRI helps coordinate and accelerate efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Among its priorities, the GLRI will continue to address invasive species and pollution, restore and clean up toxic hot spots along the shores, and preserve natural wildlife habitats. GLRI funds support projects like the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Protection Project and the Beaver Island Archipelago Invasive Species Initiative.

“The GLRI has broad, bipartisan support which demonstrates how important keeping the Great Lakes vibrant and healthy is to the entire country,” added Benishek. “I encourage the Senate to continue the work of the House and take up this legislation so it can be sent to the president.”

Benishek serves a co-chair and founder of the House Invasive Species Caucus and is a Member of the Great Lakes Task Force. Michigan’s First Congressional District has over 1,600 miles of shoreline-the most in the continental United States and is the only district with shoreline on three of the five Great Lakes.

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