On Monday, U.S. Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) visited Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park to learn more about the ongoing environmental conservation projects taking place in the area. Lake County Forest Preserve invited Rep. Dold to speak because of his leadership in advocating for the continued funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative which is helping to restore this habit around Lake Michigan.
“It is absolutely critical that we protect our environment and conserve it for generations to come,” said Dold. “As a Troopmaster for the Boy Scouts, I believe that we must teach our children to respect the environment and all of our open spaces. In our region, Lake Michigan is the crown jewel of our ecosystem, and the work being done here today will help to ensure that we protect our Great Lakes and the surrounding habitats.”
Rep. Dold has made protecting the environment a priority in Congress. The very first bill he introduced was H.R. 435, the Great Lakes Water Protection Act, which protects Lake Michigan from waste water discharge. He was given the “America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champion” award by several environmental and conservation groups. Dold has also fought for funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.