Congressman Tim Ryan’s Legislation to Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms in Great Lakes Passes Committee

Mar 2, 2016 Issues: Environment

Washington, DC – Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) applauds today’s passage in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of his bipartisan legislation (HR 1923) to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to appoint a federal coordinator to address the issue of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes, which has affected over a half million Ohioans. Ryan’s bipartisan legislation was cosponsored by Representatives David Joyce (D-OH), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Pete Visclosky (D-IN), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chris Collins (R-NY), and Jim Renacci (D-OH). The legislation was passed as a part of Rep. Joyce’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2015 (HR 223). HR 223 now awaits a vote by the full House of Representatives.

“Lake Erie supports over 117,000 fulltime jobs and provides drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans. I’m proud that our legislation is moving forward, the need for a full time coordinator within the EPA to ensure our fresh water is safe from harmful algal blooms is long overdue,” said Rep. Tim Ryan. “For the sake of Ohio’s future, Lake Erie and the Great Lakes must be able to thrive. Ohio’s abundance of fresh water is a vital resource and strategic advantage, and I will continue to do everything in my power to combat water pollution that threatens the health and well-being of our state.”

Congressman Ryan’s legislation has been endorsed by the Ohio Environmental Council, Freshwater Future, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, and the Ohio Charter Boat Association.