Ohio, Michigan lawmakers push Great Lakes-related bills

Toledo Blade

Four actions pertaining to the Great Lakes — each which emphasize connections between the region’s $7 billion fishery and Ohio’s potential to create more tourism-related jobs — have arisen on the federal level over the past 24 hours.

Silver carp, also known as Asian Carp, jump out of the water near the retention area off of the Wabash River in West Lafayette, Ind. Officials in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives are asking the Trump administration to release the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on how to best address the pending Asian carp threat near Chicago.

Late Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) and Michigan’s two senators, Democrats Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, introduced a pair of bills on behalf of Ohio fisheries.

The Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity and Infrastructure Program Act calls for improvements to dams, culverts, roads, and other infrastructure. The Great Lakes Mass Marking Program Act calls for better monitoring of fish health by greatly expanding a pilot program the federal government began in 2010. It would authorize Congress to issue up to $5 million a year for five years.

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