Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Great Lakes Restoration

Great Lakes Restoration

In 2002 and then reauthorized in 2008, Congress approved the Great Lakes Legacy Act which continues to facilitate the efficient cleanup toxic hotspots known as Areas of Concerns.

One of the region’s top priorities for cleanup has always been restoring the Ottawa River and removing toxic materials from the riverbed.

After many years of analysis, local partners teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Fish & Wildlife Service to announce a $43 million project to remove these toxic sediments.

This project was made possible by this legislation which provided significant federal resources for this project.  

As a senior member of the appropriations committee, I have supported the creation and funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a multiyear multibillion effort to restore the environmental integrity of our region.

With tens of millions of people relying on the water resource of the Great Lakes and a $5 – 7 billion recreational fishing industry in the region, the economic benefits of restoring the integrity of the lakes are unending.




Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur: Great Lakes Restoration 8/22/13

Marcy Kaptur, 9th U.S. District Congresswoman, talks about the importance of the Great Lakes and why we must continue investing to keep them clean.



More on Great Lakes Restoration

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 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.

April 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, today demanded answers from the Army Corps of Engineers about the unexpected delay in the release of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam study during a bipartisan, bicameral Great Lakes Task Force hearing. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam study will provide important guidance on how best to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. 

April 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Following reports that the Trump Administration plans to abolish Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – which serves Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio – as part of the fiscal year 2018 budget, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S.

April 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after media reported on the potential closure of the regional Environmental Protection Agency office in Chicago:

April 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Dave Reichert (D-WA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter urging President Trump not to eliminate investments in iconic bodies of water. The letter, signed by 31 other members, warned that the President should reconsider his budget proposal that would completely eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Programs that provide cleanup funding for Puget Sound, the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and other major bodies of water. 

March 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statement about President Donald Trump’s draft budget proposal.

March 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) led a bipartisan letter calling on the Trump Administration to release an Army Corps of Engineers evaluation intended to determine the possibility of establishing preventative measures against an invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-08) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (MI-02) were the Republican leads on the letter and twenty-six members of Congress signed onto the effort.