ANN ARBOR, MICH. (July 31, 2015) – The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, released a report yesterday that found federal Great Lakes restoration funds are being invested in the manner in which they were intended. The GAO had been asked to examine how federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds had been spent. Over the last six years, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested $1.9 billion in more than 2,500 projects in the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Restoration projects work to restore habitat, clean up toxic pollution, reduce runoff from cities and farms, and combat invasive species.
“The GAO report affirms that money spent on federal Great Lakes restoration efforts are in-line with goals of the program and need to continue,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We look forward to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress who have championed restoration efforts the last six years, to maintain these efforts that are producing results in communities across the region.”