Michigan Democrat Mark Schauer showed tremendous leadership on Great Lakes issues this week when he included our region in the National Estuary Program. He intends to offer an amendment to HR 4715 that would ensure the Great Lakes are brought into the program and treated equatably. HOW immediatly responded with a letter to Rep. Schauer thanking him for is leadership on this issue and offering the coalition’s support.
So far only coastal marine estuaries have been included in the program. Estuaries are usually places where salt water meets fresh water rivers, but the Great Lakes has plenty of fresh water estuaries that provide habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life. They also provide a buffer against erosion and protect coastal communities in extreme weather. They are places of recreation as well. By including the Great Lakes in the program we will be able to move closer to our restoration goals. Thanks, Rep. Schauer.