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Great Lakes

During my time in Congress, I have prioritized the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes. To me, the lakes are a national treasure. In 2016, I authored landmark legislation to authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which provides funding in a collaborative effort amongst federal agencies, the Great Lakes states, local communities and businesses to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem and the economic health of the Great Lakes region. As of February 2017, GLRI funds contributed to more than 3,400 restoration projects. As one example, the GLRI has been central to the coordinated efforts to keep populations of Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. This important bill, which has received national attention as an important means to protect the Great Lakes, was signed into law by President Obama in 2016.
The reason we must protect the Great Lakes is simple, they are one of the United States and Ohio’s greatest natural resources. The lakes constitute the largest system of surface freshwater on Earth, containing 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater and 95 percent of the United States’ surface freshwater. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for an estimated 48 million people. They also generate more than 1.5 million jobs and $60 billion in wages annually. In Ohio specifically, Lake Erie provides not only drinking water, but is also the pathway to move goods and commodities and is the playground for recreational and commercial fishing. In 2015, visitors to Lake Erie spent more than $14.1 billion and generated $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.
Most recently, I had the opportunity to express my concerns over future budget cuts to the Great Lakes to EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt. You can watch my questions and his responses here:
The Great Lakes are an irreplaceable resource and economic driver for Northeast Ohio and I will always to fight for their protection in Congress.


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