Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) making up to $27.5 million available for the 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI):
"The Great Lakes are vital to Northern Michigan's economy and are directly and indirectly responsible for thousands of jobs. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has focused on some valuable projects here in Northern Michigan, from combating invasive species to cleaning up local beaches. Many of our communities up here depend on the harbors and ports for shipping and recreational boating and properly maintaining these waterways through projects funded by the GLRI is critical for our economy. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to ensure that these important projects-from Traverse City to the Western UP-remain in place-so we can keep our Great Lakes clean and healthy."
Dr. Benishek serves a co-chair and founder of the House Invasive Species Caucus, and is a Member of the Great Lakes Task Force. Since being elected to Congress in 2010, Dr. Benishek has made the health and infrastructure of the Great Lakes a top priority.