Federal government taking action on Great Lakes


Wisconsin is surrounded by the Great Lakes, making it an important state for environmental action and enforcement. The importance of the Great Lakes has been stressed to the House of Representatives.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

A couple of pieces of good news for the Great Lakes (although the second isn’t nearly as good as it could be):

First, the House of Representatives approved by voice vote the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2016, a bill “that is an integral piece of federal Great Lakes restoration efforts,” according to the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition. The bill, H.R. 223, authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years.

The initiative supports efforts to restore fish as wildlife habitat to support outdoor recreation opportunities, clean up toxic pollution to protect human health, reduce farm and city runoff to protect drinking water and keep beaches open, and fight invasive species.

Good for the House; now on to the Senate, which should give the bill the same swift approval.

Second, federal agencies plan to spend $57.3 million this year on preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, according to an Associated Press report.

For more, visit, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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