The Ohio House Transportation Committee today heard sponsor testimony recommending the passage of Ohio House Concurrent Resolution 14, establishing September 7 as Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Appreciation Day. Representatives Sheehy (D-Oregon) and John Rogers (D-Mentor-On-The-Lake), both members of the Council on State Governments Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, spoke in support of the resolution and the importance of Lake Erie to their districts, Ohio and the Midwest.
“Rarely a day goes by in Columbus that I don’t speak with colleagues about our Great Lake, and Ohio’s inseparable bond with it,” said Sheehy. “America could never have built such great cities as Chicago, Toledo, and Cleveland without the lakes’ critical access to the Atlantic. Now more than ever, we must remember why the Great Lakes must be protected.”
“In Ohio, we are blessed with 312 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie, certainly one of Ohio’s most valuable natural resources that provides drinking water for 3 million Ohioan’s while supporting economic activities such as manufacturing, agriculture, commercial and sport fishing, water-borne transportation and recreation,” Rogers said. “Visitors to Ohio’s north coast spend more than a billion dollars annually, while supporting upwards of 120,000 related jobs. Tourism alone generates almost 2 billion in state and local taxes. The purpose of this resolution is to draw attention to the immeasurable value of our Great Lakes. We are stewards to this resource, an economic behemoth which also serves as a source of enjoyment for communities across the entire state and region.”