Ohio Lawmakers Urge Army Corps to Pursue All Options For Proper Lake Erie Maintenance

Ohio Congressional Delegation secured $95 million for Great Lakes navigation projects in appropriations bill.

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Reps. David Joyce (OH-14), Bob Gibbs (OH-7), and Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), along with U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to pursue all options necessary to ensure Lake Erie is appropriately dredged and maintained as soon as possible. The Great Lakes—especially Lake Erie—are vital to serving Ohio’s economic needs, but shipping channels have not been adequately maintained and there is a backlog of critical dredging needs.

“The maintenance of the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland Harbor and Lake Erie is critical to Northeast Ohio’s economic well-being as the region relies upon the movement of goods across the Great Lakes navigation system,” the lawmakers wrote. “All efforts must be made to ensure timely dredging of the river. Delays would needlessly harm the industries and businesses which rely on the river.”

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