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Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
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What the Great Lakes mean to Pennsylvania

There are 77 miles of coastline along Lake Erie in Pennsylvania which are home to approximately 250,000 Pennsylvanians, 3,000 of which rely on the coastal region for jobs each year.

Recreation and Tourism

Presque Isle Park is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting four million visitors annually. Tourists spend an estimated $76.9 million during visits every year.

A system of harbors and marinas allows the recreational boating industry to contribute $71 million each year to the state’s economy. Additionally, Pennsylvania’s maritime system supports a growing steelhead fishery that generates roughly $10 million dollars annually and an estimated $6 million in added economic value.

Commercial Shipping

Michigan’s economy benefits from its proximity to the lakes as a primary source of commerce. Great Lakes shipping, freight/commercial traffic, and warehousing are responsible for over 65,000 jobs and $3.3 in annual wages in Michigan.

Solving Problems Facing Lake Erie

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding was essential to removing Presque Isle Bay from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern, spurring more than half a billion dollars in public and private investment attracted to the restored water quality in Presque Isle Bay and Erie’s bayfront. The GLRI provides funding for water quality buoys, sensors, and monitoring that help protect public health and drinking water from harmful algae blooms and bacteria.

GLRI support also helped create the Pennsylvania Vested in Environmental Sustainability (VinES) Program that works with agriculture to reduce nutrient pollution to Lake Erie. Ongoing restoration priorities include preventing the loss of tourism dollars from beach closures; increasing municipal stormwater capacity and local cooperation; and improving local steelhead fisheries by restoring habitat along Lake Erie.

Click the filter icon on the left side of the map to view projects by state or use the search bar to enter zip codes or addresses to narrow your search.

Click on the green dots to learn more about specific projects, funding sources, restoration partners, and project outcomes.

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To see an expanded map of GLRI projects in Minnesota and across the region visit click here. 

For More Information

Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
[email protected]

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