Stabenow, Peters Announce $3.4 Million for Great Lakes Habitat Restoration

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission to lead a regional partnership focusing on habitat restoration in the Great Lakes. The partnership is comprised of the Great Lakes Commission and state and local agencies. The Commission will receive $3,482,549 through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The Great Lakes are part of who we are and our way of life," said Stabenow, Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force. "This investment will help regional partners work together to protect our Great Lakes, waterways, and wildlife habitats."

"Habitat restoration is critical to making sure the world's largest freshwater system is healthy and able to support the industries that drive Michigan's economy," Peters said. "This support from NOAA will boost ongoing efforts to preserve the Great Lakes so we can protect this ecological treasure for future generations."

This award will go towards the ongoing Little Rapids Restoration project in Sault Ste. Marie. This support will help continue work already underway through the U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern program and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is a multi-year plan to restore and preserve the Great Lakes by eliminating toxins, combating invasive species, restoring habitats, and promoting the general health of the Lakes.