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Upton, Task Force Encourage President Trump to Focus on Great Lakes

Bipartisan letter advocates for policies to strengthen Great Lakes

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Washington, February 10, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined colleagues on the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force in sending a bipartisan letter to President Donald J. Trump encouraging the new administration to work with the task force in advancing priorities vital to protecting and promoting the Great Lakes.

“Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan instilled in me a deep appreciation for our Great Lakes,” said Upton. “I have always worked in a responsible, bipartisan manner to improve the health and beauty of these precious natural resources. I appreciate the new administration’s willingness to engage on these important issues and look forward to working with them to promote, strengthen, and preserve our Great Lakes.”

The letter highlights several initiatives important to the Great Lakes Task Force, a bipartisan, Congressional Members Organization with the mission of advocating for the strongest policies and programs that enhance the Great Lakes. Those initiatives include:

·         Funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)

·         Responding to the threats of nonnative invasive species such as Asian Carp

·         Improving and upgrading water infrastructure, including investments to modernize the Soo Locks in Sault. Ste. Marie

You can read the full letter online here.

Upton has a long history of fighting for the Great Lakes. From keeping pollutants out of Lake Michigan, leading the successful effort to ban synthetic plastic microbeads, championing pipeline safety legislation, fighting invasive species such as Asian Carp, and more. Learn more about his work here.

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