- Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of a Public Compact for the Great Lakes
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Host Public Engagement Sessions On Great Lakes Restoration
- Washington Update: Farm Bill Stalled and Water Resources Funding Advances
- Washington Update: Busy Week for the Great Lakes
- Rep. Bishop Introduces Resolution Designating Week of Memorial Day as ‘Great Lakes Week’
Economic Benefits in New York
As of 2014, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has started 143 projects in New York, totaling $63.6 million. According to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, the wildlife recreation industry in the state tops all other eight Great Lakes states, totaling $9.2 billion. Wildlife watchers make up $4.1 billion of this spending, while anglers spend almost $2 billion and hunters, $1.6 billion. Anglers who make their way to the Great Lakes spend almost $800 each on their trip expenses alone. Sport fishing in the state supports nearly 12,000 jobs. All told, the Great Lakes support jobs for more than 4 million residents. The health of the Lakes is directly tied to the State economy—indeed, almost 160,000 jobs in New York are connected to the Great Lakes.