Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Great Lakes Restoration

Great Lakes Restoration

Since the creation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), our nation has made strides in reviving and protecting our nation’s greatest freshwater treasure — our Great Lakes. Under the GLRI, we have supported more than 2,000 projects, removed 42 health impairments from 17 contaminated sites, and delisted finished work at six toxic areas of concern.

 

Kaptur is fighting in Congress to ensure the GLRI is fully funded through her role as a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Taks Force and from her seat on the on the Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over spending. This includes protecting programs like Sea Grant and ensuring that the Federal government provides adequate assistance and resources in combatting the damage of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

 

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur: Lake Erie Leaders event (July 10, 2017)

Congersswoman Kaptur convened a group of experts from Ohio Sea Grant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Cleveland Water Alliance to speak with citizens of the Ninth District about the economic and environmental health of the Great Lakes.

More on Great Lakes Restoration

November 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) issued the following statements commending the Senate Appropriations Committee for including Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding in the 2018 Interior Appropriations bill.

November 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to harmful algal blooms, especially in the Great Lakes region. In a harmful algal bloom event, algae grow rapidly and release dangerous toxins that end up in shellfish, fish, marine mammals, and birds. This threatens fisheries, drinking water, human health, local economies, and aquatic ecosystems.

October 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) today issued the following statement regarding the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) seeking $32,782 in restitution for three separate cases of illegal manure release. According to Ohio DNR, this resulted in more than 66,000 dead fish in the Maumee River.

October 10, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) announced a $550,000 supplemental U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award to the Lorain County Board of Commissioners to improve water quality in the Black River Area of Concern on Lake Erie. The funds were made possible through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

August 11, 2017 Press Release

Toledo, OH – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force learned this afternoon that Metroparks of Toledo will receive $500,000 to assist in the redevelopment of Toledo’s Marina District as an urban metropark. According to Kaptur, the metropark of Toledo’s East Riverfront Restoration Phase 1 will receive the funding from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership that supports habitat restoration in the Great Lakes Basin, and is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

August 11, 2017 Press Release

Toledo, OH – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, congratulated two Ohio projects that have been awarded over $650,000 from Sustain Our Great Lakes, a public-private partnership that supports habitat restoration in the Great Lakes Basin, which is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

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.

August 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, today commended the arrival of $375,000 in funds to the Great Lakes Commission to help restore wetlands in the Maumee River Area of Concern.  

July 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14), both members of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the subcommittee has included their request for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in its 2018 spending bill.  This action is an important step to ensuring any final bill this year continues funding to the GLRI.

June 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition Co-Chairs, Congressman David P.