Skip to Content
Home  /  News  /  Stories  /  Story

Agriculture Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Support to Protect Western Lake Erie, Benefit Hunting and Fishing

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Will Help Michigan Farmers and Landowners Implement Critical Conservation Practices

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced support that will help Michigan farmers and landowners implement conservation practices to protect the River Raisin and Western Lake Erie. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality received grants through the 2012 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to give farmers additional tools to prevent harmful nutrients from entering the watershed. The announcement highlights the critical role Michigan agriculture plays in conserving our natural resources, Great Lakes, and waterways- benefiting the more than one million Michigan hunters and anglers who support over 46,000 jobs across our state.

"Protecting the Great Lakes is part of who we are-it's in our DNA," said Senator Stabenow. "Michigan's farmers and landowners are on the frontlines in protecting the River Raisin and Lake Erie, which preserves our agricultural lands and benefits Michigan hunters and anglers. As Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I'm committed to continuing to work with Michigan's agriculture community to help lead the charge in protecting the Great Lakes for generations to come."

Earlier this year, Chairwoman Stabenow joined U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at Cabela's in Dundee to announce resources to help farmers protect the Western Lake Erie Basin. Stabenow authored the bipartisan Farm Bill, which consolidates 23 existing conservation programs into 13 programs to cut spending while maintaining existing tools to protect and conserve land, water and wildlife. Nearly 650 conservation organizations across all 50 states support this approach.

The Farm Bill passed the Senate in June by a vote of 64-35 but has not been taken up by the House of Representatives.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will receive $350,000 and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will receive $265,980.


Flint/Saginaw Bay Office
432 N. Saginaw St, Suite 301
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: (810) 720-4172
View District News

Mid-Michigan Office
Senator Debbie Stabenow
221 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 203-1760
View District News

Northern Michigan Office
3335 S. Airport Road West, Suite 6B
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 929-1031
View District News

Southeast Michigan Office
719 Griswold St., Suite 700
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 961-4330
View District News

Upper Peninsula Office
1901 W. Ridge
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 228-8756
View District News

Washington, DC Office
Senator Debbie Stabenow
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4822
TTY: (202) 224-2066

Western Michigan Office
3280 E. Beltline Court NE, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (616) 975-0052
View District News

Contact Us

Email Me     DC Office Info