Great Lakes Restoration
Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results in Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania
From 2009 through 2017, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested $12 million in 40 projects in Pennsylvania to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Habitat restoration at the Roderick Wildlife Reserve means native plants and animals are returning. Toxic pollution around places like Presque Isle Bay is being cleaned up and contained, bringing people back to their waterfronts.
But Serious Threats Remain
Invasive species out-compete native species for resources in Lake Erie. And to keep drinking water and wastewater safe, Pennsylvania needs $21.4 billion over the next 20 years to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure. We need the federal government to continue partnering with Pennsylvania 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! Find out how to contact your senators and representative here. 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.
FEATURED SUCCESS STORY
Renovated hatchery Could Bolster Lake Trout Populations
The Allegheny National Fish Hatchery re-opened in 2012, seven years after a deadly fish virus and infrastructure problems forced the facility to shut down. The renovated facility, which can produce 1 million native lake trout annually, is the only hatchery dedicated to supporting struggling lake trout fisheries in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.