Ohio senators laud passage of bill that protects Lake Erie

Port Clinton News Herald

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R Ohio, and Sherrod Brown, D Ohio, announced final passage Wednesday of FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, which includes important wins for Lake Erie.

The conference report, headed to the president’s desk to be signed into law, includes language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping toxic material dredged from the Cuyahoga River shipping channel into Lake Erie without the approval from the State of Ohio.

The conference report also includes language requiring the Corps to make every effort to release its Chief’s Report for the Brandon Road Study by February 2019, which Senators Portman and Brown have repeatedly asked of the Corps. This report is crucial to ensuring that Asian Carp do not enter the Great Lakes and threaten the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishing industry.

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