Sen. Baldwin Visits UWS Ballast Water Testing Facility |

Sen. Baldwin Visits UWS Ballast Water Testing Facility

Created: August 08, 2019 07:00 PM

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin made a visit to the Northland Thursday morning, touring the University of Wisconisn Superior's Ballast Water Testing Facility.

During the tour, the democratic senator saw firsthand how the research hub is working to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, as well as threats to Wisconsin's water resource. The university receives federal funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to conduct this work, and Senator Baldwin recently introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and expand funding for the Restoration Initiative.

"For the first time, we have strong bipartisan agreement that we need to put in more resources," Baldwin says. "So this bill not only reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for a period of five years, beginning in 2021 when the current authorization expires, but it increases funding steadily lifting it from $300 million per year, to $475 million per year."

Baldwin says given the challenge that the Great Lakes face, in terms of keeping it clean, she believes this is an important commitment. 

"On our August recess, I am visiting a number of places that receive Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, and this is a supreme example," says Senator Baldwin. "UW-Superior is really in the lead, and is taking a very strong role in this unique asset. By unique, I mean this is the only fresh water ballast research center in the United States."

The senator went on praising the university's research, saying "the ability to help keep our Great Lakes free from additional invasive species, many of those ideas will be born here."

Following the tour, Senator Baldwin canoed down the Brule River with members of Trout Unlimited, and others, to highlight Wisconsin's conservation efforts, proud outdoor traditions, and recreation economy.

In addition to her work on the Great Leks, earlier this year, Baldwin worked to reauthorize permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that preserves the health of Wisconsin's pubic lands, and supports local economies throughout the state.

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