Rep. Nolan discusses new law to improve commerce on the Great Lakes

By KBJR News 1

July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- U.S. Congressmen Rick Nolan discussed a recently passed Federal law that will help improve commerce on the Great Lakes.

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act will provide funding for improvements to harbors and rivers around the Great Lakes to ensure efforts to prevent invasive aquatic species can be carried out.

The act would also ensure that money in the Harbor Maintenance trust fund is used for its intended purposes, including dredging operations at ports on the Great Lakes.

Rep. Nolan says money from the fund has been used in the past to fund projects not on the Great Lakes which he says has been hurting fresh water lakes commerce.

"We're about ten years behind on our dredging; it's enabling the lakers to operate at only eighty percent capacity, that's costing us up to three billion dollars in business opportunities every year; that's jobs, that's income, that's business and economic growth. We put a stop to that," said Rep. Nolan

Rep. Nolan said the new law will also make sure the Great Lakes are operating as one entity to make water commerce more efficient.

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