LOMBARD, IL — During its “Virtual” Annual Meeting, the binational, nonpartisan Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus re-elected State Representative Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) to represent Ohio on the GLLC Executive Committee in 2021-22. Representative Sheehy has been a member of the Caucus since 2015 and has served on the Executive Committee since 2017. All eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin are represented on the Executive Committee.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence for another term, and I look forward to advancing the great work of this organization,” said Rep. Sheehy. “Since 2018, we have strived to protect our waterways by encouraging infrastructure improvements to reduce nutrient runoff and pollution, assuring the availability of clean and affordable drinking water, and supporting the economic development of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence coastal communities.”
In 2020, the GLLC’s two task forces, both born of the Patricia Birkholz Institute for Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Policy, focused on reducing exposure to lead in drinking water and the ongoing problem of nutrient pollution. In 2021, the Institute’s focus will be helping communities become climate resilient; the 2021 Birkholz Institute will take place in the fall.
The Caucus’s ongoing work includes advocacy with other Great Lakes organizations on policies and appropriations that will benefit the lakes, as well as the people, businesses, and industry that depend upon them. The Caucus also continues its efforts to expand recognition of the annual Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Appreciation Day in every state and province in the region.