From 2009 through 2020, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested over $475 million in more than 900 projects in Wisconsin to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Cities like Milwaukee are removing steel shorelines and replacing them with riverside parks for kids. Invasive plants are removed from marshes along Lake Michigan, making space for native plants to provide habitat for migratory birds.
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.
A Community Effort Cleans Up the Kinnickinnic River
Restoring Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic River is helping to reduce flooding risks, improve public safety, provide a home for fish and wildlife, and bring families back to their neighborhood river.