Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio


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.


Toledo is one of 11 communities to be named as a member of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials made the announcement in April 2013 that Toledo will be included in the partnership program by which more than a dozen federal agencies work together to revitalize urban waterways and the communities that surround them.


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.


Lily Spang, Toledo, was 16 when she won the 2009-2010 National Junior Duck Stamp competition

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.

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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, 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.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of Ohio’s delegation in Congress and a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee which oversees government spending, issued the following statement after the release of President Trump’s budget.

February 9, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, which is in charge of all government spending bills, released the following statement regarding passage of the bipartisan budget deal:

“My vote in support of this bill avoids another prolonged, needless and expensive government shutdown. It assures a measure of stability in the operations of the federal departments of the United States for two years. Though very far from a perfect bill, to further delay vital decisions was not in America’s interests.

August 7, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made public the Brandon Road Study, which details key recommendations and information for preventing the Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

July 25, 2017 Press Release

Today, the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus marked a milestone of 50 Members with the addition of Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH). Co-Chaired by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Congressman Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), the Caucus’ significant membership expansion acknowledges the growing bipartisan support for action on climate change.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s budget proposal:

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statements today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accepted the determinations of the status of the open waters of Lake Erie made by both the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  While Michigan determined the open waters of Lake Erie to be impaired, Ohio declined to make the same assessment. Notably, the U.S. EPA accepted both assessments even though they disagreed on the status of Lake Erie.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, today issued the following statement:

“Though imperfect, this compromise funding bill to fund the remainder of this fiscal year comes at a welcome time. Congress can now send a signal of stability and security to the American people. With this agreement, we will finally and fully fund federal agencies for the remainder of the year and avert another manufactured funding crisis. 

April 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, after a week of celebration and advocacy of science, our environment and conservation efforts, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act, a bill that would combat unemployment and preserve the environment by putting unemployed and underemployed citizens to work on critical environmental projects.

April 26, 2017 In The News

As rumors swirl about its demise, a coalition of lawmakers is imploring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to preserve its Midwest regional office in Chicago. In a bipartisan letter released on Tuesday, lawmakers asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to commit to keeping open the office they say is critical to protecting the health of the Great Lakes.