President talks Great Lakes, infrastructure & exports during Wisconsin visit
(WDIO) – President Biden was in Superior, Wisconsin Wednesday to tout his infrastructure law.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden landed at the Duluth International Airport and visited Blatnik Bridge, before traveling to Superior, WI to speak at UW-Superior.
During his speech the President touched on everything from international relations to bridge repairs and the Twin Ports, but the majority of his visit focused on the nations need for infrastructure investment.
When it came to the Twin Ports, the President emphasized the Blatnik Bridges need for structural repairs, as well as the billion dollar investment dedicated to Great Lakes restoration.
"One study found that for every dollar we spend cleaning up the Great Lakes, we generate three to four dollars in economic benefit, it’s a good investment. There’s more fresh water in these lakes than in any other single place in the whole world. And, it’s not only the investments we’re making in the Great Lakes, on the opposite end of Lake Superior from where we stand the Soo Locks connect this lake to the other Great Lakes. Those locks are a gateway connecting the things we make here in this country to the rest of the world. Seven-thousand vessels and ninety-percent of America’s Iron Ore move through those locks every year. In January I announced nearly $500-millon to upgrade the Soo locks," said Biden.
Alongside that funding, $1-billion is dedicated to Great Lakes cleanup.
The President ended his message saying the country has grown stronger over the last year.