ANN ARBOR, MICH. (February 8, 2019)—The Great Lakes region lost a champion when former U.S.  Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) died Thursday. Dingell left an indelible mark on the region, writing the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and always being a vocal supporter of Great Lakes restoration. He served as a member of the Great Lakes Task Force and helped form the only international wildlife refuge in the country, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.


“The progress we’ve seen on Great Lakes restoration could not have happened without John Dingell and his tireless work to protect the environment,” said Todd Ambs, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “He was a driving force behind Great Lakes restoration and protection, which reflected his passion for the lakes themselves. His work benefited millions of people in Michigan and across the region. Our thoughts are with his wife, Representative Debbie Dingell, who has carried on his passion for advocacy for the region. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on.”