Walberg Supports Funding Boost for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) co-sponsored to expand funding to protect the Great Lakes. H.R. 4031 will reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for another five years and increase authorized funding for the program from $300 million annually to $475 million annually by Fiscal Year 2026. Click here to watch Walberg’s remarks on the House floor.
“The strength of Michigan’s economy is directly tied to the long-term health of the Great Lakes,” said Walberg. “As stewards of the Great Lakes, it is incumbent on us to take care of them so that future generations can enjoy their beauty and economic benefits. I am proud to join my colleagues in this bipartisan effort to expand the GLRI’s impact and ability to support additional clean up projects.”
Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has provided more than $762 million for 880 projects across Michigan. Funds from this successful program go towards restoring wetlands, combating harmful algae blooms, stopping invasive species from entering the Great Lakes, and much more.