Washington, D.C.— Congresswoman Elise Stefanik cosponsored the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act to strengthen efforts to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem and the St. Lawrence River.

Specifically, this legislation would create a special postage stamp designed to raise money to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which has enabled the eight-state region along the Great Lakes to undertake one of the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem restoration projects.

“The health of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River is essential to our North Country ecosystem and its communities,” Stefanik said. “I am proud to support this legislation and provide another avenue to assist our Great Lakes and river communities in the North Country clean up their drinking water systems, restore fish and wildlife habitats, and combat invasive species. I look forward to continuing to working to restore and protect the Great Lakes and its surrounding ecosystems.”

The Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act directs the United States Postal Service to issue a semipostal stamp with Great Lakes artwork. Americans would have the option of purchasing the stamps, with the profits being transferred to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), so this legislation comes at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Ready full text of this bipartisan legislation here.