Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 6:55 PM EDT Aug 22, 2019 Detroit — Democratic U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Thursday pushed to renew and expand the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding they contend is needed to keep Michigan’s waterways clean and vibrant for the public. At a news conference on Belle Isle, Peters and Stabenow touted the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019 as a bipartisan effort to reauthorize the legislation for another five years. The initiative’s funding authorization is set to expire in fiscal year 2021. But Peters and Stabenow want to increased current funding from $300 million to $375 million in fiscal year 2022 and then boost it $25 million per year until it reaches $475 million in Fiscal Year 2026. Stabenow and Peters were joined by three local environmentalists who spoke about the benefits of the funding to areas around Metro Detroit. The funding has not only helped the Great Lakes but all of the inland rivers and waterways and especially Belle Isle, said Stabenow, D-Lansing. “All of the projects relate to water quality, restoring native fish populations, we’ve removed 200 tons of marine debris from Belle Isle,” she said. “There’s a… Read full this story
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