Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) applauded the announcement by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) of a $1,050,000.00 grant to New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI):
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is a critical program to preserve these national treasures, and I applaud the EPA for making this grant a priority,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I will continue to support this important program in Congress so that we can protect our natural ecosystems, improve water quality and combat invasive species that threaten our region.”
Congresswoman Stefanik has been a strong advocate for the GLRI since arriving in Congress. She voted for the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill that included $300,000,000 to support the GLRI.
Background on the GLRI grant from the EPA:
24. PROJECT TITLE: GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE- STATE CAPACITY
New York State will continue to implement its Great Lakes Program activities to promote significant progress towards achieving the priority goals of the GLRI Action Plan Part 2 (2016-2019) and beyond. New York State will extend its Great Lakes Team through FY 2019 with nominal program and project management and technical staff needed to provide overall program management and technical assistance for Lakewide Action and Management Plans (LAMPs) for Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, encompassing policy alignment, project integration, technical assistance, public outreach and reporting functions required for the five Areas of Concern (AOCs) within New York State.