COLUMBUS - State Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today issued a statement following President Biden’s visit to Lorain, Ohio, in which he announced an investment of $1 billion from the Infrastructure Plan that will be used to clean up the Great Lakes.
“In 1987, the United States and Canada listed 43 sites as toxic hot spots due to contaminated sediments. 25 U.S. sites remain on that list today, highlighting the dire need for this funding. I am thankful the Biden administration earmarked $1 billion for this effort, which will clear 22 of those sites from the list by 2030, including the Maumee River Watershed, and the Black and Cuyahoga rivers.
“The investment of $1 billion to clean up the Great Lakes will help protect the Lakes for the industries and consumers that rely on a safe and clean water system. Lake Erie is Ohio’s most precious natural resource, and its health is inextricably linked to strong and stable economic growth, as well as safer, healthier families,” said Rep. Sheehy.