Senator Levin's Record - Great Lakes
- March 27, 2012 – Sens. Levin, Kirk outline Great Lakes protection programs
In letters to Senate Appropriations Committee members, Sen. Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk, co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, urge support for programs important to the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and efforts to stop Asian carp and other invasive species.
- March 14, 2012 – Senate supports Sen. Levin’s approach on harbor maintenance
Sen. Levin welcomes Senate adoption of a “sense of the Senate” resolution calling on Congress to address the growing backlog of maintenance needs at the nation’s harbors, including Great Lakes harbors. The resolution, while not legally binding, adopts the approach contained in Sen. Levin’s Harbor Maintenance Act.
- Feb. 7, 2012 – Levin helps secure funding for Michigan harbors
Sen. Levin welcomes an Army Corps of Engineers decision to provide additional funding for harbor dredging at Holland, St. Joseph, Manistee and the Saginaw and St. Marys rivers in Michigan. The decision comes after Levin wrote to Army officials outlining urgent needs at Michigan harbors.
- Feb. 3, 2012 – Great Lakes lawmakers seek quicker study on lake protection
Sen. Levin joins more than two dozen Great Lakes lawmakers in a letter to the head of the Army Corps of Engineers highlighting a new study of separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to prevent the spread of invasive species, and calling on the Army Corps to accelerate its own study of separating the watersheds.
- Dec. 21, 2011 – Levin hails successful recovery of gray wolves
Sen. Levin welcomes an announcement by the Department of the Interior that the once-threatened gray wolf population in the Great Lakes region has recovered so well that the wolf no longer requires protection through the Endangered Species Act, saying, "Today’s announcement demonstrates that this important environmental statute and science-based decision making work."
- Nov. 10, 2011 – Levin legislation on Sleeping Bear Dunes wins committee approval
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources approves Sen. Levin’s legislation to protect more than 32,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore by designating the land as wilderness.
- Oct. 19, 2011 – Senate approves Levin bill for Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
The Senate passes a bill authored by Sen. Levin that changes federal law to bring it into harmony with an agreement among the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, the Michigan Audubon Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on development at the Whitefish Point Light Station.
- September 9, 2011 - Asian carp electric barrier to be strengthened
Sen. Levin and Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, announced that the Army Corps of Engineers agreed with their call to increase voltage of the Asian carp electric barrier at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to help keep this invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.
- May 5, 2011 - Senate committee OKs Levin bill to expand Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary
The Senate Commerce Committee voted to approve a bill authored by Sen. Levin that would expand the boundaries of Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
- March 3, 2011 - Sen. Levin introduces Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Boundary Modification Act
Sen. Levin introduced legislation to significantly expand the boundaries of Michigan's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, making it more than eight times its current size. The expansion would help preserve the rich history of Shipwreak Alley for historians and divers, where dozens of ships perished in the waters of Lake Huron.
- February 17, 2011 - Levin introduces Harbor Maintenance Act
Sen. Levin and a bipartisan group of senators introduce the Harbor Maintenance Act, which would help ensure that funds deposited into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) would be used for their intended purpose, which is to maintain our federal harbors and ports. About 173 million tons of commodities are transported through the Great Lakes each year, and this bill will help bring the necessary funding to dredge harbors, upgrade locks, and repair breakwaters.
- December 1, 2010 - Congress passes Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act
Congress passes the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act, authored by Sen. Levin, which adds the bighead carp species of Asian carp to a list of animals prohibited from import or shipping into the United States without a permit.
- March 4, 2010 - Levin introduces Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act
Sen. Levin and a bipartisan group of senators introduce the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection act, which authorizes President Obama's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reauthorizes and expands the Great Lakes Legacy program to clean up contaminated sediments and includes measures to improve coordination among agencies and jurisdictions responsible for protecting the Great Lakes.
- October 29, 2009 - Congress approves millions for the Great Lakes
Congress approves an appropriations bill including $475 million for Great Lakes restoration, $6 million for a dispersal barrier to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, and other significant Great Lakes funding for which Sen. Levin had fought.
- April 30, 2009 - Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2009 introduced
Sen. Levin and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio introduce the Great Lakes Legacy Act of 2009, which would triple funding for cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes and increase funding for new cleanup technologies.
- March 26, 2009 - National Lighthouse Stewardship Act introduced
Sen. Levin, along with Sens. Olympia Snowe of Maine, Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Susan Collins of Maine and Charles Schumer of New York, introduces the National Lighthouse Stewardship Act, which would establish a three year competitive grant program at the Department of the Interior that will help to pay for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic lighthouses in Michigan and across the country.
- March 24, 2009 - Sen. Levin introduces bill to reduce phosphate pollution
Sen. Levin and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio introduce legislation to limit the use of phosphates in automatic dishwashing detergents, chemicals which can damage aquatic habitats including the Great Lakes.
- March 19, 2009 - Senate passes legislation boosting Michigan public lands
The Senate approves an omnibus public lands bill that includes measures to improve Keweenaw National Historic Park, protect the Beaver Basin wilderness at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and designate the River Raisin battlefield site as part of the National Parks System.
- Jan. 29, 2010 - Levin part of bipartisan group seeking action to stop Asian carp
Sen. Levin is among a group of 14 senators and 33 members of the House sending a letter to President Obama calling for urgent steps to protect the Great Lakes” from the serious threat of Asian carp.
- January 14, 2009 - Sen. Levin reintroduces the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act
Sen. Levin reintroduces the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act, written to implement many recommendations from the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy released in 2005.
- Sept. 23, 2008 - Congress passes Great Lakes Compact
Sen. Levin hails final congressional passage of legislation implementing the Great Lakes Compact, a historic measure that establishes in federal law a general ban on new water diversions from the Great Lakes Basin,.
- May 16, 2007 - Sen. Levin helps secure several Great Lakes measures in WRDA
Sen. Levin helps secure several Great Lakes measures in the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, including language directing the administration to expedite projects to promote Great Lakes navigation and authorizing the Army Corps of Engineers to build a dispersal barrier in the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
- March 1, 2007 - National Aquatic Invasive Species Act introduced
Sen. Levin and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine introduce the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act, which would reauthorize previous legislation addressing aquatic invasive species.
- December 11, 2006 - Legislation passed to provide tax equity to U.S.-flagged ships operating on the Great Lakes
Sen. Levin and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan help secure legislation that provides tax equity to U.S.-flagged ships operating on the Great Lakes, eliminating a provision that had out U.S. carriers at a disadvantage relative to foreign-flagged ships.
- September 29, 2006 - Congress passes the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act
Congress passes the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, sponsored by Sen. Levin and Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio, protecting Great Lakes wildlife and habitat.
- July 29, 2005 - Sen. Levin helps pass legislation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes
Sen. Levin helps secure language in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that permanently bans oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes.
- 2005 - Sen. Levin helps secure funds to fight erosion
Sen. Levin works to secure $2.5 million in funding for the Great Lakes Basin Soil Erosion and Sediment Control program. The soil erosion control program is designed to prevent and control sediment runoff in the Great Lakes basin
- October 7, 2004 - Authorization for funding for permanent barrier against Asian carp
Helps secure Senate passage of authorization for funding of a permanent barrier barring Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes from the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.
- July 14, 2003 - Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act Introduced
Sen. Levin and Sen. Mike DeWine of Ohio introduce the Great Lakes Environmental Restoration Act, which would provide $6 billion over 10 years to restore Great Lakes ecosystems.
- November 12, 2002 - Congress Passes the Great Lakes Legacy Act
Congress passes the Great Lakes Legacy Act, introduced by Sens. Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, which authorizes funding for cleanup of contaminated sediments in the Great Lakes.
- June 13, 2001 - Legislation to Permanently Ban Oil and Gas Drilling in the Great Lakes
Along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, introduces legislation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling on the Great Lakes, prohibit bulk water exports of Great Lakes water and control aquatic invasive species that threaten the lakes.
- October 5, 2000 - Congress Passes the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act
Congress passes the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, legislation written by Sen. Levin and Sen. Frank Murkowski of Alaska providing for the transfer of historic American lighthouses from the Coast Guard to state and local governments and nonprofit groups for preservation.