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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

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February 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress and Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, today announced $29,400,000 in federal funds to expand conservation efforts across the Great Lakes region and improve the health of communities along Lake Erie.


February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s border emergency declaration:


February 7, 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 public hearing to examine and stress the importance of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) investment in energy innovation. The hearing included a discussion of the changing nature of America’s energy demands, including past, present, and future energy trends. The Subcommittee heard testimony from energy experts representing a wide variety of sectors, offering valuable governmental, business, and global perspectives.

January 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in the 116th Congress and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after she was elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve as the first woman to chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.


October 18, 2018 In The News

MCCOMB - While agriculture accounts for more than two-thirds of the phosphorus pollution in Lake Erie, many farmers are working hard to find and share conservation practices that will best address that problem. One of the most prominent examples in the western Lake Erie basin is the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep.

June 14, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Reps. Don Beyer (VA-08) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today led 71 Democrats in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt expressing grave concerns over his May 9th memorandum regarding future National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) reviews and standard setting.

June 6, 2018 Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) joined Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz to announce that $1.8 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been awarded to the City of Toledo for clean-up of the former Champion Spark Plug site on Upton Avenue. The significant federal investment will be used to remove asbestos and building debris along a 5-acre portion of the former spark plug maker’s 20-acre production site.

March 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the Dean of the Ohio Delegation and senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the release of the Omnibus Appropriations package that would fund the government through September 30, 2018.

March 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statements today after the U.S.

February 15, 2018 Press Release

CLEVELAND – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of Ohio’s delegation in Congress and a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee which oversees government spending, today applauded the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s award for diesel pollution reduction projects in Cuyahoga, Lucas and Geauga Counties.