Kaptur Votes to Pass Historic Public Lands Package Benefiting Northern Ohio, Earns 94% Rating from League of Conservation Voters

February 27, 2019
Press Release
Ohio’s recreation economy is directly responsible for 215,000 jobs, $24.3 billion in consumer spending, and $7 billion in wages and salaries.

 

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, Rep. Kaptur, voted to pass the historic S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. The bipartisan conservation and public lands package, which passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 363-62, includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and designates approximately 1.3 million acres of wilderness, 693,000 acres of recreation and conservation areas, and two mineral withdrawal areas totaling 370,000 acres, protecting nearly 2.4 million acres of public lands from future mining operations. 

 

“Passing this legislation is a huge win for Ohio and for the entire Great Lakes region,” said Rep. Kaptur. “It is particularly fitting that the bill, named for my close friend John Dingell, Jr., a legislative titan and one of America’s great conservationists, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. This legislation protects and expands our treasured public lands and natural resources while moving us away from short-term environmental thinking and toward a modern conservation system Americans deserve.”

 

“Thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge, the Cuyahoga National Park and countless other sites across northern Ohio are open to all Americans – and now the Fund can continue helping communities around the country meet their potential. I’m proud to support this landmark package and look forward to seeing it become law.”

 

The LWCF, which has funded 42,000 projects across the country, bringing tremendous economic benefits and returns on investment since it was established in 1965, has expired twice in recent years. By reauthorizing the LWCF, this legislation removes it from future political consideration and prevents any future expirations.

 

The bill expands the funding authorization of the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, which traverses four counties with 101 miles of towpath trails, 110 miles of scenic roadway, and ends at Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland.

 

On Wednesday, the League of Conservation Voters also announced that Rep. Kaptur received a 94% vote ranking in 2018.

 

“I am honored to have earned a 94% rating on the League of Conservation Voters 2018 Scorecard. I will always fight to protect our public lands, take action to combat climate change, advance clean water protections, and promote clean energy.”

 

Land and Water Conservation Fund grants by county:

 

Total:

  • 166 projects
  • Total sum of $32,246,150.07
  • Dates of approval range from 1969 to 2011
  • Last project was completed in 2013

 

Lucas County:

  • 40 projects
  • Total sum of $6,351,891.53
  • Dates of approval range from 1972 to 2010
  • Last project was completed in 2012

 

Ottawa County:

  • 16 projects
  • Total sum of $9,932,850.38
  • Dates of approval range from 1967 to 2010
  • Last project was completed in 2012

 

Erie County:

  • 8 projects
  • Total sum of $1,009,213.72
  • Dates of approval range from 1975 to 2011
  • Last project was completed in 2013

 

Lorain County:

  • 24 projects
  • Total sum of $1,868,351.52
  • Dates of approval range from 1969 to 2010
  • Last project was completed in 2013

 

Cuyahoga County:

  • 78 projects
  • Total sum of $13,083,842.92
  • Dates of approval range from 1970 to 2008
  • Last project was completed in 2011

 

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