Walberg Welcomes EPA Administrator to Michigan to Showcase Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Monroe County, MI—Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today hosted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in Monroe County to discuss protecting the Great Lakes. Walberg invited Acting Administrator Wheeler to Michigan to visit the Western Lake Erie Basin, meet with local stakeholders, and see firsthand the benefits of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). They toured Pointe Mouillee, the site of an ongoing GLRI wetland restoration project being conducted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and other partners.
“I’m pleased to welcome Acting Administrator Wheeler to Michigan where the Great Lakes are an indispensable resource for our state and nation,” said Congressman Walberg. “As we saw up close today, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is making a positive impact on the health of our local wetlands and waterways, benefiting our environment and economy. Maintaining and building on the GLRI’s success must remain a bipartisan priority. The Great Lakes face a variety of threats—from algae blooms to Asian Carp—and I’ll continue working together to help ensure their long-term health.”
Following the tour of Pointe Mouillee, Walberg and Acting Administrator Wheeler held a roundtable with Michigan farmers at Horkey Farms in Dundee where they discussed a number of agricultural issues, including the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule and conservation best practices.
Walberg has introduced bipartisan legislation, the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Act, which promotes conservation efforts throughout the Great Lakes region. The bill provides federal assistance to Great Lakes states that administer voluntary assurance programs to help farms minimize agricultural pollution risks, like harmful algae blooms on Lake Erie. These efforts, such as the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), have successfully aided farmers in improving conservation, reducing soil erosion, and decreasing nutrient runoff.
Congressman Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. For more information on Walberg's work in Congress visit walberg.house.gov.