U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced federal support for a program that will create jobs for dozens of unemployed workers in Northern Michigan. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will go to hiring unemployed workers to help improve habitat in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and in the Grand Traverse Band watersheds.
"Michigan's way of life and our economy depend on the health of the Great Lakes, watersheds and tourist attractions throughout the state," Senator Stabenow said. "As we all know, Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes was recently voted the most beautiful place in America and we need to keep it that way. This is a great initiative that will put people in Michigan back to work protecting one of our state's natural treasures."
"This is a real win-win for Northern Michigan," Senator Levin said. "These projects put unemployed Michiganians back to work helps restore and protect valuable habitats in Northern Michigan."
The National Park Service will receive $891,225 to expand wetland restoration work in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Bureau of Indian Affairs will receive $255,365 to work with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians on watershed restoration.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grants were made possible by the Restoration Challenge of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. For more information, visit: http://glri.us/challenge.html.