LANSING―State Sens. Goeff Hansen and Jack Brandenburg announced today that they will co-chair the new Legislative Waterways Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers who have agreed to work together to address issues of importance to the Great Lakes.
Hansen, R-Hart, said the caucus will be a forum for a variety of Great Lakes concerns, such as invasive species, Asian carp, low lake levels, tourism and recreation.
“As co-chair of the Legislative Waterways Caucus, I look forward to working with my colleagues on issues affecting our most treasured natural jewel,” Hansen said. “Michigan has an abundance of natural resources, and our waterways are a key part of the lifestyle, tourism industry and local economy of many Great Lakes coastal communities.”
Hansen said the caucus is ready to tackle the many challenges facing the Great Lakes and Michigan’s inland rivers and streams, and they look forward to working with colleagues from both parties and both chambers to help preserve Michigan’s waterways for generations.
Ultimate success will also require the cooperation of the administration, he said.
“I applaud the governor for his most recent commitment to working with us to devise a long-term, state-based solution on the issue of harbor dredging. He will be an important ally in our efforts,” Hansen said. “I am confident this caucus will find solutions to the dredging problem.”
Co-chair Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, said he is eager to get started.
“There are glaring problems with Michigan’s waterways, and I am excited to start working toward solutions and tackling some of these issues,” Brandenburg said.
State Reps. Al Pscholka and Charles Brunner are the caucus co-chairs in the House.
“This caucus will address critical issues facing Michigan’s waterways from dredging in recreational harbors to promoting boating and tourism opportunities in our state,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and across the aisle to discuss these issues in a bipartisan fashion to promote Michigan’s waterways.”
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