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The Nature Conservancy Applauds Gov. Whitmer’s Request to Congress to Increase Great Lakes Funding

TNC supports Michigan Governor seeking full funding of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Lansing, MI

Leaders for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) today applauded Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her urging of Congress to fully restore funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) to its initial annual funding level set in 2009 by the Obama administration, $475 million.

Since then, funding levels have dropped every year, holding steady at $300 million for the last nine years. President Trump originally proposed significantly reducing or eliminating funding for GLRI, but recently has publicly promised to continue GLRI at the $300 million level in the next fiscal year.

“We support Gov. Whitmer in urging Congress to provide funding critically needed to improve the health and water quality of the Great Lakes,” said Helen Taylor, Michigan state director for The Nature Conservancy. “The importance of the Great Lakes cannot be overstated to our region and the world.”

TNC has received funding from GLRI since 2010 for scientific research to improve Great Lakes fisheries, reduce aquatic invasive species and protect critical areas in the region. One example includes working with partners such as Central Michigan University and the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources on reconstruction of freshwater reef fisheries in Grand Traverse Bay. 

“We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer, members of Congress and everyone who cares about our Great Lakes to use all these GLRI dollars to make sure the Great Lakes stay ‘Great’,” Taylor said. “This money is important to the region to protect our environment.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries and territories: 38 by direct conservation impact and 34 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.