Great Lakes Habitat
Since 2009, more than 167,000 acres of coastal, upland, island, and wetland habitat have been restored or enhanced, allowing countless species of birds, fish, and reptiles to thrive. Restoration of streams, forests, and fields have contributed to a strong outdoor tourism industry in the region. For example, thanks to federal restoration funding, the trout population in Michigan’s Coldwater River jumped from 40 trout per mile to more than 1,500 per mile over a 5-year period. And a study by the Brookings Institute showed that these investments are producing results: every $1 invested in restoration generates $2 in return.
Let your member 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.
Renovated Water Pump Improves Conditions at Large Game Area
The replacement of a failed pump structure at the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in eastern Michigan has restored a large wetland, improved wildlife habitat and increased waterfowl hunting opportunities.