The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s greatest natural resources and are vital to our economy and our way of life. Debbie Stabenow believes protecting our Great Lakes for future generations must be a top priority. She is leading efforts to stop the spread of invasive species like Asian carp, passed bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from devastating oil spills, and her groundbreaking agriculture reform bill creates a new regional partnership program to improve Great Lakes water quality.
Debbie has been at the forefront of the fight to stop Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. She’s worked across the aisle with Michigan Republican Congressman Dave Camp to author and pass a new law requiring the urgent creation of an action plan to block Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. She has also authored bipartisan measures to close shipping locks near Chicago that could provide access to Lake Michigan for the Asian carp.
Protecting the Great Lakes from Oil Spills
The first bill that Debbie Stabenow passed into law as a U.S. Senator was a ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. The law was passed in a Republican Congress and signed by President Bush, and Senator Stabenow fought successfully to make the ban permanent in 2005. An oil spill like the Enbridge or BP disasters would absolutely devastate the Great Lakes and the hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on them. Risking a spill in the Great Lakes just isn’t worth it— even if every possible drop of oil was drilled out of the Lakes, it would only provide America with 16 days of energy. Such a small amount would not even help lower gas prices. Debbie continues to fight to protect the ban on oil drilling from Big Oil and their supporters who want to try out risky drilling schemes in the Great Lakes.
Protecting our Great Lakes for the next generation
Debbie Stabenow has been a leader in conservation, making sure Michigan’s lakes, waterways, lands and wildlife habitats are preserved and protected. Her 2012 Farm Bill strengthens efforts that protect the Great Lakes with a new regional partnership program designed to protect the lakes from runoff and pollution. Her bill will help restore fish and wildlife habitats, and clean up polluted waterways—supporting hunting, fishing, and other opportunities for outdoor recreation, which helps our economy and creates jobs. As a member of the Senate Budget Committee, she spearheaded the effort to pass the historic Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a major, multi-year federal commitment to restore and preserve the Great Lakes.
Stopping Canadian Trash
When Ontario announced it would close its landfills and turn Michigan into Canada’s dumping ground, Debbie Stabenow immediately started working to stop the trash shipments. When bills in Congress were stalled by partisan bickering, Debbie negotiated an historic agreement directly with Ontario that stopped over 40,000 trucks full of Canadian trash from coming into Michigan every year. She continues to lead efforts to put an end to all of the remaining Canadian trash shipments to Michigan.