Seven projects impacting northern Ohio and the Lake Erie basin will receive federal funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), according to a recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement.
"We’ve seen the impact that threats to Lake Erie have on our economy, water supply, and wildlife,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said. “That’s why I’ve continued to fight for full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – one of our most effective tools to protect the water quality of the Great Lakes. Today’s announcement is great news for Ohio, and the EPA’s federal investment will help support the proactive role local stakeholders have taken in protecting our lake.”
The grants, which total more than $3.3 million, will work to preserve the watershed through cooperation with farmers and efforts to prevent and reduce invasive species, amongst other measures.
“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has already proven to be a highly effective tool for protecting and restoring our Great Lakes,” U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said. “I am pleased to see GLRI resources being used in Ohio to combat the most serious threats to Lake Erie, including harmful algal blooms, invasive species and pollution. I look forward to continuing to work with federal and state partners to protect our fresh water bodies not just in the Great Lakes, but across the state.”