In Sandusky, Portman Launches Ohio’s North Coast Tour, Highlighting Lake Erie’s Importance to Ohio’s Economy

Portman Hosts Tourism Roundtable Joined by Local Community and Business Leaders

August 8, 2019

SANDUSKY, OH— Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a tourism roundtable to discuss investment in Ohio’s coastal communities and efforts to preserve and protect Lake Erie for future generations. The City of Sandusky, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, and other local community and business leaders joined in the discussion.

“I enjoyed today’s discussion regarding the importance of Ohio tourism as well as hearing from experts on the status of harmful algal blooms, invasive species, pollution, and more,” said Portman. “I will take this valuable input back to D.C. where I have led on addressing toxic algal blooms, invasive species, and pollutants. Lake Erie is an Ohio treasure. We all have a responsibility to preserve and to protect it for future generations.” 

Traveling nearly 700 miles, along Ohio’s north coast, Portman will see 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: