Joyce Joins U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Local Officials to Celebrate Completion of Project to Protect Clean Water Source for 40,000 Ohioans


PAINESVILLE – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District and Lake County Utilities at a ceremonial ribbon cutting event to celebrate a recently completed project at the Lake County Raw Water Pump Station in Painesville. Specifically, the ceremony celebrated the completion of a 600-foot revetment wall that was necessary to protect the county’s pump station from damage caused by continued erosion. Additional attendees at the event included USACE Buffalo District Commander Lt. Col. Jason Toth, Lake County Sanitary Engineer Randy Rothlisberger, USACE Buffalo District Project Manager Chris Akios, and Lake County Commissioners John Hamercheck, Jerry Cirino and Ron Young.


“I was proud to work alongside Lake County officials and the Army Corps of Engineers to get this project off the ground back in 2018 and was honored to join them today to celebrate its completion,” said Joyce. “By safeguarding the Lake County Raw Water Pump Station from erosion, this 600-foot stone revetment enables us to better protect critical infrastructure that roughly 40,000 Northeast Ohioans depend on for clean water.”


For the second straight year, Lake Erie set a monthly high mean water level in May, which marked the fourth straight month of high water levels in the lake. According to the USACE, Lake Erie has been above its monthly average since November 2015. These high water levels have contributed to ongoing erosion damage to shoreline communities in Northeast Ohio and their critical infrastructure, such as the Lake County Raw Water Pump Station. Without this new revetment, the shoreline in Painesville would have continued to erode, subjecting the County’s raw water pumping station to increased risk of structural failure, including the raw water intake piping.


“As Lake Erie continues to experience high water levels, coastal erosion is devastating shoreline communities in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District,” said Joyce. “As co-chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue working with federal, state, and local agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, to prioritize funding for these projects and provide relief to our coastal communities.”



Recent Posts

Feb 29, 2024

Congressman Joyce Releases Statement on Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) released the following statement after voting for H.R. 7463, the Extension of Continuing Appropriations and Other Matters Act, 2024. This bill avoids a government shutdown and allows additional time to negotiate final spending bills for Fiscal Year 2024.  “As Chairman of the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, I have consistently championed […]

Feb 12, 2024

Joyce, Rouzer, Pallone, Sykes Introduce Bill to Preserve America’s Beaches

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH-14), David Rouzer (R-NC-07), Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), and Emilia Sykes (D-OH-13) reintroduced the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The funding provided through this bill helps state and local governments test, monitor, and identify contamination in recreational waters, such as the Great Lakes.  “Every year, Ohio families and tourists […]

Feb 7, 2024

Congressman Joyce Releases Statement on Vote to Impeach Secretary Mayorkas

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Joyce (OH-14) released the following statement on his vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  “In February 2021, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and pledged to faithfully discharge the duties of his office. The Secretary of Homeland Security has the […]