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  • EMERGING CONTAMINANTS
  • GREAT LAKES POLLUTION
  • NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION
Winning Issue » GREAT LAKES POLLUTION


The Great Lakes contain 20% of our planet’s fresh water. At least 40 million Americans depend on these impressive bodies of water for their water supply. The Great Lakes also support many fragile ecosystems and sustain large shipping, fishing and tourism industries that greatly affect the economy and people of its eight surrounding states. These industries are now threatened by invasive species, pollution and low water levels resulting from diversion and increased evaporation. As with many American lakes, our Great Lakes are experiencing increased algae and weed growth. Unrestrained algae growth can sometimes be caused by excessive nutrients. Invasive species often cause devastating declines in the diversity of native species. Discharges from the ballasts of ships entering the Great Lakes contain invasive species such as zebra muscles, spiny water fleas and round gobies. These invaders have damaged the lake’s fishing industry and helped algae flourish. Environmentalists are threatening to sue the EPA for the fourth time since the 90’s to tighten its restrictions on these discharges. They say several technologies exist to treat ballast water including filtration systems and ultraviolet light. The Asian carp is another invasive species that threatens the Great lakes. In 1990, these fish escaped from aquaculture farms into the Mississippi River and worked their way northward, wreaking havoc with the sport fishing industry. Environmentalists warn Asian carp populations have the potential to expand rapidly and change the composition of our Great Lakes ecosystem.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.223 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015




Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current Great lakes pollution policy and wish to defeat H.R.223 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support funding an initiative to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes; prioritizing programs and projects which address specific problems each year, including the remediation of toxic substances, the prevention and control of invasive species, the protection and restoration of nearshore health, and the prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution; protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitat, including wetlands restoration and preservation; providing for accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and partnership activities, and wish to pass H.R.223 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) and/or Rep. David Joyce (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support funding an initiative to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes; prioritizing programs and projects which address specific problems each year, including the remediation of toxic substances, the prevention and control of invasive species, the protection and restoration of nearshore health, and the prevention and mitigation of nonpoint source pollution; protecting and restoring wildlife and their habitat, including wetlands restoration and preservation; providing for accountability, monitoring, evaluation, communication, and partnership activities, and wish to pass H.R.223 - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH) and/or Rep. David Joyce (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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