Brown Applauds Cuyahoga River’s Designation as ‘River of the Year’

American Rivers Names Cuyahoga ‘River of the Year’ 50 Years after River Caught Fire; Brown Continues Fighting Administration’s Efforts to Roll Back Protections for Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded American Rivers’ designation of the Cuyahoga River as the ‘River of the Year.’ American Rivers, a conservation organization focused on restoring and protecting rivers in the U.S., named the Cuyahoga the River of the Year 50 years after the river caught fire, spurring important environmental reforms in Cleveland and across the country.   

“This is an important and well-deserved honor for Cleveland and northeast Ohio,” said Brown. “Decades of investment in the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie have led to cleaner bodies of water, benefitting residents and businesses alike. That’s why it’s more important than ever to fight efforts by the Trump Administration to slash funding for these efforts and reverse the progress we’ve made.” 

Brown continues to fight President Trump’s efforts to roll back important protections and investments in the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie.  

Earlier this year, President Trump’s proposed budget reversed a measure that Brown and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) were able to secure to prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping toxic materials dredged from the Cuyahoga River shipping channel into Lake Erie. 

In April, Brown demanded answers from the Trump Administration as President Trump claimed to support full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) at the same time his own budget proposed a 90 percent cut to the program.  GLRI is a highly successful program that has jumpstarted restoration efforts to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes like Lake Erie.  

Brown has long fought to secure full GLRI funding. He and Senator Portman announced full funding of $300 million for the GLRI last year. In Fiscal Year 2018, the President proposed eliminating GLRI and Senators Brown and Portman worked together to ensure it was fully funded in the two most recent appropriations bill.