State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Orgeon) applauded Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s declaration today of the western Lake Erie watershed as impaired, a designation that could trigger a federal EPA partnership to intensify efforts that limit dangerous runoff and lake contamination. Though Michigan was required to make the declaration under federal law, Sheehy says Snyder’s willingness and promptness shows leadership that can be emulated in the Buckey State.

“I applaud Governor Snyder’s leadership and his vision for a future that includes a safe and clean Lake Erie,” said Sheehy. “The vitality of our state’s most precious natural resource is inextricably linked to strong and stable economic growth and safer, healthier families. I urge Governor Kasich to take note of Snyder’s decision and consider doing the same.”

Sheehy and House Democratic lawmakers urged Kasich to consider a similar designation in 2014 after a harmful algal toxin contaminated Toledo’s drinking water supply, cutting off access to water for 400,000 people for three days.  

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