On Saturday the United States Senate passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.
The $10 billion bill will allocate hundreds of millions of dollars back to the Great Lakes.
Of the many projects included in the WIIN Act, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is one that residents of Northeast Michigan can see an immediate impact from.
The GLRI helps to fund state and local projects that are used to fight against invasive species, protect and restore wildlife habitat, and combat climate change in the Great Lakes region.
While the passing of the WIIN Act does not guarantee the restoration initiative will receive the full $300 million each year, it’s still good news to the residents of Alpena and Michigan as a whole.
Media Coordinator at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Stephanie Gandulla explains:
“This is really great news for Great Lakes communities all over. It’s important in that it really shows us that the nation, and our representatives in Congress really value the Great Lakes as important to everybody, as important across the country. It really gives us hope that the process is in place for us to work towards protecting the Great Lakes.”
If you’re interested in helping the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protect the Great Lakes, you can contact them at 989–356–8805 to learn more.