Great Lakes Restoration
in New York
Great Lakes restoration investments are producing results in New York. Fish and wildlife are returning as habitat is restored and pollution is cleaned up. We can’t cut funding now—delays will only make problems more expensive and harder to solve.
Federal Investments are Producing Results in New York
From 2009 through 2017, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has invested $198 million in 338 projects in New York to restore habitat, fight invasive species, clean up toxic pollution, and reduce polluted runoff. Habitat restoration of Clear Creek means native plants and animals are returning. Toxic pollution is being cleaned up and contained in the Buffalo River, bringing people back to their waterfronts.
But Serious Threats Remain
Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are threatened by toxic pollutants from old industrial activity. Invasive plants crowd out native species in wetlands. And to keep drinking water and wastewater safe, New York needs $53.9 billion over the next 20 years to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure. We need the federal government to continue partnering with New York to invest in Great Lakes restoration and affordable water infrastructure to protect our lakes.
Contact Your Member of Congress
Let your members of congress know they should take action to protect the Great Lakes! Find out how to contact your senators and representative here. Tell them:
- The Great Lakes are our most important source of fresh water, providing drinking water to 30 million people. We must continue our efforts to clean and restore them.
- Although we have made progress the lakes still face serious threats.
- We can’t afford to stop now. These projects to clean up our lakes will only get harder and more expensive the longer we wait.
FEATURED SUCCESS STORY
Reducing Erosion Could Benefit A New York Trout Stream
Stabilizing eroding stream banks and improving fish passage in New York’s Clear Creek could improve the trout stream by reducing the amount of sediment washing into the waterway. The project is part of a growing effort to help New York reclaim its heritage as a state teeming with healthy trout streams.