Fighting for Great Lakes Funding

In a recent mailing, U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher included information on Great Lakes funding:

Earlier this month, the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal which slashes funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from $300 million to just $30 million. I came out in opposition to this proposed cut, and will continue to fight for full funding levels. The health of our Great Lakes—the largest surface freshwater system on earth—cannot be ignored which is why I’m committed to protecting our waters through efforts like Save the Bay. I believe we have a moral obligation to pass on clean water to future generations so that they too can come to know and appreciate these natural treasures. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on my social media channels on anything else that happens regarding GLRI.

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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