Michigan’s 5th Congressional District includes 118 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, mostly within Saginaw Bay. The communities here are intimately tied to the Great Lakes, both reaping the benefits and feeling the impacts of life where the land meets the water.
- Ice conditions and water levels influence decision-making and commerce in the key port of Saginaw Bay.
- Coastal communities feel the economic impact of invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels in Lake Huron, and cannot afford further losses from a potential Asian carp invasion.
- With over 0.6 million acres of land in production, Michigan’s 5th District can utilize agricultural decision support tools that benefit both farmers and Lake Huron.
- The Cities of Saginaw, Bay City, East Tawas, and Tawas City draw drinking water from Saginaw Bay, which can be affected by harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia.
Read more in the boxes below about how CIGLR and our partners are addressing these issues for safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities in Michigan’s 5th District.