In Lake County, Portman Continues Ohio’s North Coast Tour, Hosts Great Lakes Roundtable

Roundtable Follows Portman’s Annual Fishing Trip on Lake Erie

August 10, 2019 | Press Releases

CLEVELAND, OH— Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a roundtable to discuss ways to protect Lake Erie from threats such as harmful algal blooms and invasive species. For the seventh year in a row, Portman fished on Lake Erie prior to this annual roundtable to get input from stakeholders and experts. This annual discussion is a key part of his efforts to engage the community and protect the lake.  Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH) also attended the event and took part in the roundtable discussion. 

“Every year I look forward to visiting Lake Erie and hosting a roundtable discussion to hear from experts on the status of harmful algal blooms, invasive species, pollution, and more,” said Portman. “I take this valuable input back to D.C. where I have led on addressing toxic algal blooms, Asian carp, and pollutants. Lake Erie is an Ohio treasure. We all have responsibility to protect it and I will continue to fight any effort to cut funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help preserve this treasure for future generations.”  

“Having grown up here on the North Shore of America, I know full-well how much Northeast Ohioans rely on Lake Erie, not only for fishing, boating and swimming, but also for clean drinking water and economic security,” said Rep. Dave Joyce. “Any threat to Lake Erie is also a threat to the drinking water supply for 11 million people, our tourism industry, and all the plants and animals that are a part of the lake’s ecosystem. That’s why I’m proud to work alongside Senator Portman to protect and preserve Lake Erie for both current and future generations. The input we got from experts and stakeholders during today’s roundtable will help us continue to fight for the national treasure that is the Great Lakes system when we return to Washington.”

Traveling nearly 700 miles, along Ohio’s north coast, Portman has seen federally-funded research at Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory at Gibraltar Island, host a tourism roundtable in Sandusky, visit ports in Cleveland and Ashtabula to highlight economic development, and hold his annual fishing trip and conservation roundtable in Lake County. 

An independent voice for Ohio, Rob continues to be a leader in protecting our Great Lakes and the environment. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman has taken the lead in protecting Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads. Portman recently introduced legislation to reauthorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through FY2026, which is the largest investment in the Great Lakes’ water quality and ecosystem. He successfully led efforts to reauthorize the program through the end of FY2021 and has continuously fought to preserve funding for the program despite proposed cuts from both the Obama and Trump Administrations. In January 2019, President Trump signed Portman’s Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Reauthorization Act, a primary source of federal funding for harmful algal bloom research, monitoring, and forecasting in the Great Lakes.

Photos from the event are below: