Upton Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, signed on as a cosponsor of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 223, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, which will help protect the Great Lakes by authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for Fiscal Year 2016-Fiscal Year 2020 at $300 million annually. The initiative focuses on projects for the Great Lakes restoration, including the remediation of toxic substances, the prevention and control of invasive species like Asian Carp, protecting the restoration of near-shore health and prevention of nonpoint source water pollution, and protecting and restoring habitat and wildlife.
“Protecting our Great Lakes for future generations continues to be one of my top priorities,” said Upton. “Our Great Lakes are the lifeline of Southwest Michigan and communities across the region. The Great Lakes restoration initiative is commonsense, bipartisan legislation that will help create and keep jobs, boost our local economy, stop the spread of invasive species like Asian Carp, and ensure safe drinking water. I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to get this done.”
The legislation currently has 43 cosponsors (23 Republicans, 20 Democrats) and has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.
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