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

February 22, 2018 Press Release

Cleveland — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after news that the State of Ohio and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reached a settlement in the lawsuit regarding the disposal of dredged material at the Port of Cleveland.

February 13, 2018 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. Joyce (OH-14) and Rick Nolan (MN-08), released the following statement after news President Trump’s budget would cut the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90%, from $300 million to $30 million.

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 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) issued a statement applauding a letter from Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL), Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) and a group of 24 bipartisan colleagues, urging a prompt and on-time completion of the Brandon Road Study, a critical milestone for a project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

January 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, released the following statement regarding news that Canada would invest an estimated $16 million (USD) to expand its program to combat Asian Carp:

January 17, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) issued the following statement after news that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its approval of Ohio EPA’s assessment of the state’s list of impaired waterways. That assessment failed to address the open waters of Lake Erie. U.S. EPA had previously accepted both Ohio’s and Michigan’s assessments even though Michigan had designated the open waters of Lake Erie as impaired, while Ohio had refused to do so. U.S.

December 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, along with Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region, offered formal comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Brandon Road report. Today is the final day for public comment on the draft Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) of the USACE, which details options for how to prevent the Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

November 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) led a bipartisan group of 53 lawmakers in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Director, Mick Mulvaney urging robust funding in the President’s fiscal year 2019 budget for programs that address harmful algal blooms.

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.