Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

Lake Erie Water Crisis

Lake Erie Water Situation: Helpful Information

The water emergency in Toledo has abated for now, but the fundamental challenge remains: protecting Lake Erie, which is the source of our drinking water along the north coast. Never before has this much attention been focused on the challenge that we face as a region, a state, and a nation.

Since last year, numerous federal and state and local officials and agencies have partnered with universities and other researchers to deliver the best possible algal bloom data and tracking. You can find the most recent Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin by clicking here.

The City of Toledo tests treated and untreated lake water regularly during the summer months when algal blooms are a threat. You can see their latest water quality recommendation here.

The more information that the public has, the more effective our response to this challenge will be.

  Congresswoman Kaptur’s Address to the Toledo Rotary Club: September 15, 2014   Congresswoman Kaptur discussed the Lake Erie crisis with Larry Burns, vice president at the University of Toledo, on WJR Radio in Detroit. She praised the work of the university's Lake Erie Center, funding for which Congresswoman Kaptur secured. She also called for creation of a federal financing structure to assist cities and other local government to pay for improvements to their water infrastructure.

To listen, or to download the program, go to: Addressing the health of Lake Erie during algae season

News articles related to the water emergency and Lake Erie algae:

Ohio provides $150M in loans to fight algae

Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop

Phosphorus control efforts have slipped as algae problem grows

Toledo Water Ban is an Indictment of State Failure to Address Algal Blooms: Editorial

Rep. Marcy Kaptur wants local testing, protocols, to battle the green slime

Speakers at UT Forum Call Crisis Turning Point

Special Flights to Monitor Lake Erie Algae Bloom


Website links that provide additional information you may need:

Ohio Algae Information Web Page

Information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency

USEPA Region 5
Consumer Confidence Reports

Information from the United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service
National Resources Conservation Service
National Resources Conservation Service Water Quality
Animal Waste

USDA Watershed Research
Collaboration Toolkit: Protecting Drinking Water Sources Through Agricultural Conservation Practices
Annual Phosphorus Loss Estimator
Water Quality Index for Agricultural Runoff
Surf Your Watershed
Federal Support Toolbox
Nonpoint Source Outreach Toolbox
Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool


More on Lake Erie Water Crisis

March 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Debbie Dingell (MI-12) issued the following statements today after the U.S.

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.

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 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.

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