Environment

Congresswoman Kaptur is a strong advocate of environmental responsibility and progressive policies to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem. A collaborative approach is needed to find solutions to the challenges facing the Great Lakes such as nutrient runoff and algal blooms, invasive species, low water levels.

Congresswoman Kaptur supports a permanent ban on drilling in the Great Lakes, of which Lake Erie is the shallowest, and a strict ban on diversion of Great Lakes water. While the Southwest and West confront a water crisis, the Great Lakes must protect and promote our abundant supply of fresh water.
 

OHIO 9: THE LAKE ERIE DISTRICT

The Ninth District stretches across the largest coastal district in Ohio which spans five coastal counties. It includes It is home to the only national wildlife refuge in Ohio, the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge, which is located east of Toledo in the intersection of the Mississippi and Atlantic flyways.
 

WESTERN LAKE ERIE BASIN PARTNERSHIP

For the last decade, the Western Lake Erie Basin Partnership has served as a model for organizations nationally. The Partnership has created a regional collaborative effort as federal, state and local governments negotiate a plan for restoring the watershed in the lake’s western basin. By planning at the watershed level, governments and nonprofits leverage dollars more effectively, planning with the strategies of their partners at the same table. The partnership has formalized the process for highlighting the natural wonders of Ohio’s North Coast.

To learn more about restoration in Northern Ohio, click here.

 

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION

With millions of people relying on the water resource of the Great Lakes and a $5-7 billion recreational fishing industry, our region's economic benefit from restoring the integrity of the lakes is inestimable.
 

ASIAN CARP

The newest threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem is a potential invasion of Asian carp. Silver and Bighead carp are voracious eaters, capable of displacing native fish and wreaking havoc on Lake Erie's $1 billion fishing industry. Both species have caused serious damage to ecosystems in other American waterways, and both are making their way up the Mississippi toward the access points on or near the Great Lakes. Of special concern is the most viable pathway, the man-made Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Representative Kaptur has joined other Great Lakes leaders in calling for the restoration of the natural divide between the Chicago waterway system and Lake Michigan. She co-sponsored the Stop Invasive Species Act in 2012, which requires the Army Corps of Engineers to submit to Congress an expedited action plan for addressing invasive species threatening the Great Lakes.
 

WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE

In 2003, John Dingell and Congresswoman Kaptur shepherded the passage of HR 289, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The legislation expanded this international and state refuge system.

Congresswoman Kaptur continues to secure federal dollars to construct the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge Complex, acquire land for the refuge, create the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Monument and support restoration of the Perry’s Victory Monument.

Congresswoman Kaptur has also supported the Maumee Valley National Heritage Corridor concept.

Click here for information about the Bald Eagle's comeback to Ohio.
 

LEGISLATION MARCY HAS INTRODUCED AND CO-SPONSORED

The 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act. Congresswoman Kaptur’s bill would authorize a modern version of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was one of the most successful and popular programs in the New Deal. Our nation has crushing infrastructure needs, including our parks, trails, forests and waterways. We can address unemployment by putting people to work rebuilding our infrastructure.
 

More on Environment

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) released the following statement after their bipartisan amendment adding $500,000 for the International Fisheries Commissions to combat Grass Carp in the Great Lakes passed the House of Representatives in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The bill, now containing $1,000,000 for Grass Carp control in the Great Lakes, goes to the U.S. Senate where it is expected to be adopted.

 

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the FY2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. The legislation funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

 

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Co-Chair of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite signed a report to Congress detailing the path forward to begin construction of a barrier at the Brandon Road dam. The Corps project is intended to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes. 

 

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations passed the fiscal year 2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation funds the Department of Energy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, and other related agencies and now heads to the House floor.

 

May 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2020 bill. In total, the legislation invests $46.4 billion in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.8 billion from fiscal year 2019. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.

May 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. The legislation funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.

 

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, voted to pass H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, legislation requiring the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord and develop a plan for how the United States will meet its commitments to reduce pollution and protect our environment.

 

April 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act of 2019, legislation to reestablish and build upon the historic achievements of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

 

April 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) applauded the historic legislative achievements made in the first 100 of the new Democratic Majority in the House of Representatives:

April 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a Subcommittee hearing on the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget request for the Department of Energy’s Science, Energy, and Environmental Management Programs.

 

Chairwoman Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery