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

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.

January 18, 2017 Press Release


January 18, 2017
Contact: Josh Stewart, (202) 225-4146 or  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Rep. David Joyce (OH-14) sent a letter to the incoming administration supporting research into harmful algal blooms (HABs).  A bipartisan group of 47 members of Congress signed on to this letter.

January 18, 2017 In The News

Two of Northeast Ohio's U.S. representatives are leading a Congressional delegation that has reached out to President-elect Trump seeking support for research into harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) and Rep. David Joyce (R-Russell Township) penned a letter signed by 47 members of Congress urging the Trump administration to join them in doing "everything possible to learn more about the problem," Kaptur said.

January 18, 2017 In The News

A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by two Ohio lawmakers, including Marcy Kaptur, have written to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him to support funding to deal with harmful algal blooms.

December 1, 2016 Press Release


In Effort to Combat Declining Water Quality in Lake Erie,
Dingell & Kaptur Urge EPA to Declare Area Impaired


November 29, 2016


Hannah Smith (Dingell)


November 17, 2016 Press Release

November 17, 2016                                                                           

Contact: Nicole Dailey Jones, (800) 964-4699 & (202) 225-5411 or


Kaptur Slams Republican Leaders in Congress for Failing to Pass Critical 2017 Budget and Department Funding Bills