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

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.

June 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of Members in introducing a bill, the Stop Asian Carp Now Act, which will compel to the Trump Administration to release the Brandon Road Study within seven days of the bill’s enactment. The Brandon Road Lock and Dam study will provide important guidance on how best to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes and is an important hurdle before further action can be taken. 

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.