Senators Stabenow, Levin Announce Support for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The new partnership, comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies, will receive over $1.7 million through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This funding will continue work underway through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

"Today's announcement is another great victory for the Great Lakes, and it comes only a few days after USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and I announced the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program that will invest in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation," said Stabenow. "Our Great Lakes are vital to Michigan's way of life and economy, and this will strengthen our efforts to protect them for future generations."

"Restoring the Great Lakes and the waters flowing into them is of immense importance to the health and prosperity of millions in Michigan and beyond," Levin said. "We've already made great progress in restoring habitat throughout the Great Lakes, and this grant will help ensure that vital work can continue."

The Great Lakes Commission will receive $1,762,000 from NOAA.