Miller joins call for Great Lakes protections

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published March 8, 2018

 Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller sits with fellow commissioners from Michigan as they listen to a presentation at the Great Lakes Commission’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. March 7.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller sits with fellow commissioners from Michigan as they listen to a presentation at the Great Lakes Commission’s annual meeting in Washington D.C. March 7.

Photo provided by the Macomb County Public Works Office

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller has joined with leaders from across the Great Lakes basin in calling for more attention to be given to the lakes, calling them a “national treasure.”

In a March 7 press release from the Public Works Office, Miller, a former member of Congress, announced her participation in Great Lakes Day, an event organized by the Great Lakes Commission in Washington D.C.

Miller is a member of the Great Lakes Commission, or GLC.

During the event, the GLC issued a priority statement that urges members of Congress and the Trump administration to fully fund the critical Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; preserve and strengthen agricultural conservation programs; invest in aging water infrastructure; maintain and upgrade ports, locks and other navigation infrastructure; and protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species.

“Members of Congress from this region understand the critical importance of the Great Lakes, but too often those who are from other parts of the country do not fully grasp the role the lakes play as the source of drinking water for more than 48 million people in the U.S. and Canada, and that the lakes directly generate more than 1.5 million jobs,” Miller said in a prepared statement. “The Great Lakes are both a unique ecosystem (and) a key driver of the regional economy.”

Miller was appointed as one of the five commissioners of the GLC in early 2017. As public works commissioner, her office recently engaged in a master planning process directly focused on ways to better protect the lakes, the release states.

“We need to engage on this at the local, regional and even bi-national level,” she said. “What we do today directly impacts the legacy we leave our children and grandchildren.”

To learn more about the priorities of the Great Lakes Commission, visit glc.org/wp-content/uploads/Great-Lakes-2018-Joint-Statement_Final_March-2018.pdf.