Zorn supports federal Great Lakes restoration funding

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday joined 63 members of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC) in expressing support for the federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and urging Congress to continue fully funding the initiative.

“The Great Lakes are the world’s largest surface freshwater system and provide clean drinking water to nearly 40 million people,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It is our responsibility to protect this great natural resource, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a critical part of that effort.”

Zorn signed on to a GLLC letter noting that Congress passed legislation in 2016 authorizing the GLRI for five years at $300 million per year and urging the current Congress to follow through on that commitment and continue fully funding the initiative.

“I am pleased that a bipartisan budget agreement has been signed that includes this vital funding to protect and improve the Great Lakes,” Zorn said. “The GLRI supports important efforts to clean up toxic sites and restore natural habitat. It is also an essential resource for preventing the introduction of Asian carp into the Great Lakes and eliminating harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.”

The letter was initiated by Michigan Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, who chairs the GLLC. It was signed by Zorn and five other Michigan senators on both sides of the aisle.

The GLLC is a nonpartisan, binational organization of state and provincial legislators from eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces. The bipartisan group co‑signing the letter represented all eight states in the Great Lakes region.

This is the latest effort by Zorn and the GLLC to help protect the Great Lakes. Last year, Zorn signed on to a GLLC letter to President Trump urging swift federal action to help prevent the introduction and spread of Asian carp in the Great Lakes.