Sen. Brown Meets with Toledo Climate Change Advocates

Severe Storms, Caused by Climate Change, Contribute to Lake Erie Algal Blooms

L-R: Lee Geisse, Mark Shanahan, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Claire Boettler, Tina Wozniak, Frank Szollosi, and Bryan Mark

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with an Ohio delegation representing the Climate Action Campaign, including Lucas County Commissioners President Tina Skeldon Wozniak and former Toledo City Council member Frank Szollosi, who was advocating on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation. Wozniak and Szollosi attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents while in Washington D.C. The two were joined by Lee Geisse of the Blue Green Alliance, Mark Shanahan of New Morning Energy, Claire Boettler of the Ohio Public Health Association, and Bryan Mark who serves as a Principal Investigator for The Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. 

“It was an honor to meet with Tina and Frank, and their fellow Climate Action Campaign members,” Brown said. “It’s critical that we take action to reduce asthma rates, protect Lake Erie and our drinking water, and improve air quality. Their advocacy will help ensure the health of future generations of Ohioans.”  

The increased frequency of severe storms caused by climate change has led to more phosphorous runoff, which contributes to harmful algal blooms that comprise water quality. As the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly 50 years, Brown helped to establish the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the 2014 Farm Bill which created voluntary partnerships between agricultural and conservation groups aimed at helping farmers prevent runoff and keep phosphorous out of the rivers and streams that feed Lake Erie.

 

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