Priorities for Sustaining Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization

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The Great Lakes are a vital environmental and economic asset for the eight states and two provinces of the Great Lakes region. With 90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh surface water, the Great Lakes provide unparalleled recreational opportunities for residents and tourists; abundant fresh water for communities and industries; an efficient transportation system for raw materials and finished goods; and extensive habitat for valuable fish and wildlife resources.

The Great Lakes provide our region with a unique competitive advantage; restoring, protecting and wisely using them must continue to be a key component of our broader strategy to create jobs, stimulate economic development, and strengthen waterfront communities. With proper care and sound investments, the Great Lakes will be a foundation for economic prosperity and a high quality of life for our region’s future.

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