Congressman Tim Ryan’s Legislation to Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms in Great Lakes Passes House
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan’s legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to appoint a coordinator to address the issue of harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Ryan was joined by a bipartisan group of Ohio members, including: Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), Jim Renacci (R-OH-16), David Joyce (R-OH-14), Joyce Beatty (D-OH-3), Peter Visclosky (D-ID-1), Chris Collins (R-NY-27). This legislation (H.R. 1923) was included as a provision in Rep. Joyce’s bill, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which passed the House today.
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“Ohio’s abundance of fresh water is a vital resource and strategic advantage, and it’s critical that we do everything in our power to combat these harmful algal blooms that threaten the health and well-being of our state. Lake Erie supports more than 117,000 fulltime jobs and provides clean drinking water to approximately 3 million Ohioans. We must continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Lake Erie and the Great Lakes can continue to thrive,” said Representative Tim Ryan.
This legislation will ensure that there is a coordinator at the EPA to work with the appropriate federal agencies and state, local, tribal and foreign governments to address this critical issue affecting the state of Ohio. It 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 and other groups.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which includes Congressman Ryan’s algal bloom coordinator provision, still must pass the Senate and be signed by the President before becoming law.