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
USEPA WATER
WATER RESOURCES
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
Salinity
Nutrients

USDA WATER QUALITY INFORMATION CENTER
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

October 8, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Bill Huizenga (R-MI) led a bipartisan letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging the Committee to include support for the Great Lakes in this year’s Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) as it moves to conference the legislation with the Senate.

February 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), released the following statement after the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to pass out of committee her legislation to rename the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation as the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

February 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), Debbie Dingell (D-OH), and Bill Huizenga (R-MI) released the following statement applauding the House passage of the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2019, introduced by Reps. Kaptur and Joyce to reauthorize and expand funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

 

January 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), led 41 Members of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, in sending a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Rickey "R.D." James regarding the Task Force’s priorities for the Great Lakes region as the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) develops its fiscal year (FY) 2020 work plan.

 

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-5) released the following statement after their bipartisan amendment adding $500,000 for the International Fisheries Commissions to combat Grass Carp in the Great Lakes passed the House of Representatives in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill. The bill, now containing $1,000,000 for Grass Carp control in the Great Lakes, goes to the U.S. Senate where it is expected to be adopted.

 

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request, which includes an 11% reduction to the Department of Energy and a $270 million dollar, 90 % cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

 

February 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest serving woman in the United States Congress and Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, today announced $29,400,000 in federal funds to expand conservation efforts across the Great Lakes region and improve the health of communities along Lake Erie.

 

January 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the longest-serving woman in the 116th Congress and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, released the following statement after she was elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve as the first woman to chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.