A couple pieces of legislation intended to help protect the Great Lakes have the support of Congressman Fred Upton. He tells us the two bills introduced last week have bipartisan backing. They are the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Reauthorization Act. The second one would continue the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years. Upton says it’s currently set to expire at the end of 2021.
“Whether it’s fighting invasive species, whether it’s measuring the water quality, a whole host of things working with the Corps of Engineers, these are bipartisan pieces of legislation that I hope we can move through the legislative process nad ultimately get to the president’s desk,” Upton said.
The Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study, which would assess threats to coastal communities. They include fluctuating lake levels.