|August 1, 2017
As a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, I was pleased to recently announce the Committee included my request for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in its 2018 spending bill, an important step to ensure that any final bill this year continues funding to the GLRI.
Recently the Trump Administration announced their own budget proposal. As soon as this draconian budget was released, I knew we would need a bipartisan front to beat back the harmful cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In fact, this original budget completely eliminated funding for GLRI and severely reduced funding for agencies that drive important research, including monitoring and restoration efforts for our region. It is beyond me why our Federal government would gut funding for such a valuable environmental and economic resource as the Great Lakes.
In Rocky River recently, I had the opportunity to host a Lake Erie Leaders roundtable, where a group of experts engaged citizens with an update on the health of Lake Erie and the threats to regional restoration projects. The panel of experts included Dr. Jeffrey Reutter with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program; Charlie Wooley, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Deborah Lee, Director, Great Lake Environmental Research Laboratory NOAA; and Dorothy Baunach, Director of Our Water Innovation with the Cleveland Water Alliance.
You can view the panel discussion here.
As Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, I will keep the pressure up to ensure Congress provides the resources necessary to ensure the health and economic productivity of the Great Lakes. I would be interested in hearing about your concerns and thoughts about our Great Lakes. Please never hesitate to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or you canemail my office here.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
Representing Ohio’s 9th Congressional District