The editorial, “Restoring Great Lakes is a priority,” argues:
“Although there is a desire to reduce or eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, it should be noted that the threats to the lakes aren’t going away.”
The paper–which serves people in the northwest corner of Indiana, including Gary, Merrillville and Hammond–continues:
“The Great Lakes provide a shipping highway that is vital to Northwest Indiana in terms of the export of products grown and produced in the Midwest, as well as the arrival of goods from abroad. It has a marked impact on the economy of Northwest Indiana.”
The paper provides several reasons for Congress to support Great Lakes funding:
- The Great Lakes supply the drinking water for 30 million people.
- People, communities, business and industry rely on the lakes for drinking water, business and recreation.
- More than 1.5 million U.S. jobs are connected to the lakes. They generate $62 billion in annual wages.
- Restoration activities provide a solid return on investment. According to economists at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., a $10 million restoration project will result in $66 million in economic benefit over the next 10 years.
Solid arguments that need to be heard by Indiana’s Congressional delegation: Sens. Richard Lugar and Dan Coats and Reps. Pete Visclosky, Joe Donnelly, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Rokita, Dan Burton, Mike Pence, Andre Carson, Larry Bucshon and Todd Young.