WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has awarded $550,000 to the Lorain County Board of Commissioners for water quality improvements to the Black River Area of Concern (AOC) on Lake Erie. This grant will help Lorain complete projects in the area to help reduce runoff into the Black River, a hotspot for toxins that could hurt Lake Erie.
“This investment in the Black River will help Lorain keep toxins out of our Lake,” Brown said. “Protecting Lake Erie means protecting Ohio jobs that rely on it. This is a perfect example of why we need the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and I urge the Trump administration to continue these efforts and restore GLRI’s funding.”
This grant is an addition to an initial award of $600,000, bringing total funding for the project to over $1 million.
Brown has been a strong supporter of the Great Lakes Restorative Initiative (GLRI). In May, Brown spoke out against President Trump’s efforts to eliminate GLRI entirely, citing a need to protect Lake Erie, public health and Ohio jobs.