Kaptur statement on State of Ohio declaring Lake Erie impaired

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, today issued the following statement after news the State of Ohio will declare the open waters of Lake Erie impaired.

“I welcome this long overdue decision by the state of Ohio. As I have said many times, anyone can look out at the now annual progression of green slime and tell you that the water is ‘impaired,’” said Kaptur. “The big question now is; how quickly the state will move to meet the reduction goals? I hope to see strong and swift action to reduce nutrient runoff and other contributors to this ecological challenge.”

The announcement comes after a January, 2018 move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw approval of the State of Ohio’s assessment of Lake Erie.

In November of 2016, Kaptur and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) teamed up to send a letter to the U.S. EPA urging them to disregard Ohio’s determination and list the waters as officially impaired. Kaptur and Dingell reiterated this call last May.