- Action Alert: Urge U.S. House Members to support Water Resources and Development Act
- ‘Continue Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,’ Advocates Urge in New Paper
- Great Lakes Update from Washington, D.C.
- House supports Great Lakes restoration legislation – again!
- Clinton, Trump Campaigns Commit to Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at Candidate Forum
Economic Benefits in Pennsylvania
As of 2014, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative had started 21 projects in Pennsylvania, totaling more than $4.8 million. The wildlife recreation industry in the state totals $2.8 billion, according to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey. More than $1.2 million of that came from people watching wildlife in the state and their related expenses. Hunters and hunting contributed almost $1 million to the state, while anglers and fishing totaled almost half a million dollars in total expenses. In Pennsylvania, over 25,000 jobs are connected to the Great Lakes.
Although the state of Pennsylvania touches a small part of the Great Lakes, wildlife throughout the state—particularly birds—benefit from the health of the Lakes. The coastal area of Pennsylvania on Lake Erie provides more than 1 million jobs, including the Presque Isle State Park. Annually, the park attracts 4 million visitors and generates $67 million from visitor spending.