WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced an $8,439,000 investment from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the Port of Cleveland. These funds will be used to maintain the shipping channel and rebuild a breakwater, protecting the harbor from the force of waves. This project will ensure ships are able navigate safely through the shipping channel, while protecting the environmental integrity of the harbor by removing debris and sediments. Brown helped secure these funds as part of the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, which President Trump signed into law in September.
“The Cleveland Harbor plays critical role for local businesses, local jobs, and the local ecosystem,” said Brown. “This investment will ensure ships can continue moving cargo through our ports while also protecting the health of Lake Erie for businesses and residents alike.”
Brown has long been fighting to protect Lake Erie. In September, President Trump signed the FY 2019 Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act conference report, which included important wins Brown secured to protect Lake Erie. The measure included language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from dumping toxic material dredged from the Cuyahoga River shipping channel into Lake Erie without the approval from the State of Ohio, as well as language requiring the Corps to make every effort to release its Chief’s Report for the Brandon Road Study by February 2019.
Both Brown and Sen. Rob Portman have fought to hold the Corps to its obligation to fully dredge the shipping channel and dispose of the dredged sediment in a way that protects Lake Erie, which is critical to protect the thousands of jobs that rely on the Port of Cleveland as well as the health and ecosystem of Lake Erie. Legislation they co-authored to keep toxic dredged material from the Cuyahoga River out of Lake Erie was signed into law in December 2016.