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

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

 

April 2, 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 National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA).

 

Rep. Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery

 

The Subcommittee will come to order.

 

March 27, 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. The Trump budget cuts funding for the Army Corps by 31% and funding for the Bureau of Reclamation by 28%. Chairwoman Kaptur strongly opposes these proposed cuts.

 

Rep. Kaptur Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery

 

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — 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 Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request, which includes an 11% reduction to the Department of Energy and a $270 million dollar, 90 % cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

 

March 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 Subcommittee hearing on energy and nuclear security workforce development challenges and opportunities. The purpose of the hearing was to identify workforce development opportunities and challenges with a focus on growing and retaining our nation’s energy and nuclear security workforce. The hearing will assist the Subcommittee as it prepares the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill.

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: