WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $750,000 to Western Reserve Land Conservancy through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), an interagency effort to protect the Great Lakes. The grant will give Western Reserve Land Conservancy the ability to purchase 1,000 acres of easements in northern Ohio’s Grand River Watershed – protecting five miles of streams and 400 acres of wetland – to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion that impacts Lake Erie. 

“We saw last summer how harmful algae in Lake Erie can threaten our water supply and our economy,” Brown said. “These federal resources will help support the proactive role we’ve seen northwest Ohio take in protecting our lake. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is critical in our fight to keep Lake Erie healthy and we must ensure its continued funding.”

According to the State of Ohio, more than $10 billion of the state’s nearly $40 billion tourism industry is derived from counties along the Lake Erie shoreline. Restoration efforts in the region are essential to maintaining a strong economy along the Ohio coast. The EPA awarded a total of $5,313,721 for invasive plant species control projects across Ohio. Below is a full list of awardees:

Award Recipient

Award Amount

Project Area

Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.
City of Wickliffe
Cleveland Metroparks


Deer Creek/Gully Brook Watershed

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Maumee River Watershed

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


Sandusky River Watershed

Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Grand River Watershed

 Brown recognizes the importance of preserving our Great Lakes. Last month, Brown cosponsored the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA), bipartisan legislation that would protect the Great Lakes – and the millions of jobs they support – by formally authorizing the GLRI. Last year, Brown helped secure more than $300 million in bipartisan Omnibus Bill funds for the GLRI. After the release of President Obama’s budget proposal which recommends a reduction in GLRI funding from $300 million to $250 million, Brown again highlighted the importance of the program.