Great Lakes Restoration

in New York

Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results in New York. Fish and wildlife are returning as habitat is restored and pollution is cleaned up. We can’t cut funding now—delays will only make problems more expensive and harder to solve.
Federal Investments are Producing Results in New York

From 2009 through 2020, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested over $275 million in more than 600 projects in New York to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Habitat restoration of Clear Creek means native plants and animals are returning. Toxic pollution is being cleaned up and contained in the Buffalo River, bringing people back to their waterfronts.

But Serious Threats Remain
Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are threatened by toxic pollutants from old industrial activity. Invasive plants crowd out native species in wetlands. And to keep drinking water and wastewater safe, New York needs $53.9 billion over the next 20 years to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure. We need the federal government to continue partnering with New York to invest in Great Lakes restoration and affordable water infrastructure to protect our lakes.
Contact Your Member of Congress

Let your members of congress know they should take action to protect the Great Lakes! Contact your senators and representative and tell them:

  • The Great Lakes are our most important source of fresh water, providing drinking water to 30 million people. We must continue our efforts to clean and restore them.
  • Although we have made progress the lakes still face serious threats.
  • We can’t afford to stop now. These projects to clean up our lakes will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait.