Levin Joins Letter Supporting GLRI for 2015

Mar 28, 2014 Issues: Environment

March 28, 2014

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member Moran:

As Members of the House who believe that a healthy economy in our region is intrinsically linked to the health of the Great Lakes, we respectfully request that you provide $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. 

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest system of fresh surface water, providing drinking water for nearly 40 million people.  The Lakes are also an economic driver, supporting 1.5 million jobs and generating $62 billion in wages annually.  The Great Lakes fishery alone is valued at $7 billion a year.  The Lakes also support commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism.  For all these reasons, we believe Great Lakes restoration must remain a priority.

More than a century of environmental damage has taken a significant toll on the Great Lakes, which have struggled to overcome toxic substances contamination, habitat loss, invasive species, and beach closings.

In the short time that the GLRI has been in place, it has made significant progress in addressing the longstanding environmental challenges confronting the Lakes, particularly in the areas of combating invasive species like the Asian carp, protecting and restoring thousands of acres of habitat, and cleaning up toxics and Areas of Concern.  More work needs to be done.

We urge you to continue this vital investment in the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes.  Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.

Rep. Sander Levin
Rep. John Dingell
Rep. David Joyce
Rep. Louise Slaughter
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. Marcia Fudge
Rep. Dan Benishek
Rep. Alcee Hastings
Rep. Brian Higgins
Rep. Reid Ribble
Rep. Bill Johnson
Rep. Ron Kind
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Rep. Paul Tonko
Rep. Danny Davis
Rep. Steve Israel
Rep. Rick Nolan
Rep. Dan Lipinski
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Tim Bishop
Rep. Gary Peters
Rep. Dan Maffei
Rep. Collin Peterson
Rep. Tim Walz
Rep. Bill Owens
Rep. John Conyers
Rep. Dan Kildee
Rep. Grace Meng
Rep. Charles Rangel
Rep. Brad Schneider
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
Rep. Matthew Cartwright
Rep. Mike Kelly
Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. Andre Carson
Rep. Marcy Kaptur
Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Chris Gibson
Rep. Thomas Petri
Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Tim Ryan
Rep. James Renacci
Rep. Tammy Duckworth