Portman, Stabenow Announce $1 Billion in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funding in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

August 3, 2021 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will receive $1 billion in new funding as part of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the end result of the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations from the past three months. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $5.5 billion in funding to support ecosystems across the country.

As Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman continues to lead the efforts to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads. In January of this year, Portman and Stabenow applauded the signing of their bipartisan bill, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Act into law, which reauthorized the GLRI program for five years, through FY 2026, and increased the authorization level to $375 million for FY 2022 and by $25 million annually until it reaches $475 million in FY 2026. IIJA provides supplemental funding to the GLRI over five years, which is in addition to the funding the program receives through the annual appropriations process. Portman and Stabenow continue to advocate for the full authorized funding level of $375 million for the GLRI in the FY 2022 appropriations process. 

“I’m pleased that new funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. For our communities along Lake Erie, healthy water and ecosystems are the bedrock of a more resilient economy and more durable infrastructure,” said Senator Portman. “As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue to lead the fight to protect our Great Lakes. Lake Erie is an Ohio treasure that provides drinking water for millions of Ohioans, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, and draws millions of visitors each year. I will continue to fight to help preserve this treasure for future generations.”

“This is the single largest investment we’ve made in the Great Lakes and it’s great news! Republicans and Democrats worked together to fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative because we know our precious Great Lakes aren’t just a key part of our economy, they are an important part of our way of life in Michigan. This transformative investment will protect our lakes for our children and grandchildren,” said Senator Stabenow.