TOLEDO— U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined federal agriculture officials in Toledo on Friday, January 16, to highlight a historic investment in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – which Brown helped establish in the 2014 Farm Bill. Brown was joined by Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee; and officials from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“The Great Lakes provide clean, affordable drinking water to 40 million people, and we need to take action now,” Brown said. “This funding will ensure that we are developing and implementing the practices that will keep soil on the fields and phosphorous out of the rivers and streams that feed Lake Erie. But it’s just one piece of a comprehensive strategy to reduce phosphorous in the watershed. I’ll work to ensure continued wastewater investments in cities like Toledo and Detroit, smarter farming practices, and a commitment by all stakeholders to be better stewards of our Great Lake.”

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