Letter requesting funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Mar 16, 2012

Dear Chairman Simpson and Ranking Member Moran,

As members of the House Great Lakes Task Force who support a strong, healthy and productive Great Lakes region, we respectfully request that you provide $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill.  The GLRI is the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The Great Lakes are a unique and invaluable national treasure that produce immeasurable benefits for the region and nation overall. The lakes hold 95 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh water, provide drinking water for 30 million Americans, and produce substantial economic benefits for the region.  It is estimated that 1.5 million jobs are directly connected to the Great Lakes, generating $62 billion in wages each year.  The region is also responsible for approximately 27 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) and 24 percent of U.S. exports annually.

Yet, in recent years, the lakes have struggled with invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, toxic chemical contamination and a declining ecosystem that threatens public health, recreational and tourism industries and overall economic growth.  Restoring the Great Lakes is a critical component of our nation’s strategy to grow our economy while promoting environmental responsibility.

We urge you to support this sensible and productive investment in the economic and environmental health of the eight-state Great Lakes region.

Sincerely, 

 

John D. Dingell
Member of Congress              

Steven C. LaTourette
Member of Congress

Louise M. Slaughter
Member of Congress          

Sander M. Levin
Member of Congress

Mike Quigley
Member of Congress              

Keith Ellison
Member of Congress

Thomas E. Petri
Member of Congress             

Janice D. Schakowsky
Member of Congress

Danny K. Davis
Member of Congress              

Marcia L. Fudge
Member of Congress

Betty Sutton
Member of Congress            

Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
Member of Congress

Tammy Baldwin
Member of Congress              

Timothy H. Bishop
Member of Congress

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

Daniel Lipinski
Member of Congress

Carolyn McCarthy
Member of Congress              

Timothy J. Walz
Member of Congress

Gwen Moore
Member of Congress              

Robert J. Dold
Member of Congress

Jerrold Nadler
Member of Congress            

Dale E. Kildee
Member of Congress

Steve Israel
Member of Congress              

Reid J. Ribble
Member of Congress

Brian Higgins
Member of Congress            

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress

Hansen Clarke
Member of Congress              

John Conyers, Jr.
Member of Congress

Gary C. Peters
Member of Congress

Charles B. Rangel
Member of Congress

Luis V. Gutierrez
Member of Congress              

William L. Owens
Member of Congress

Paul Tonko
Member of Congress            

Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress

Joe Donnelly
Member of Congress