In Fairport Harbor, Portman Discusses Lake County Water Infrastructure & Economic Development

Portman Secured an Additional $1 Billion for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as Part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 22, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Fairport Harbor Creamery to participate in a roundtable discussion with Lake County officials on water infrastructure and related lakefront and economic development issues impacting Lake Erie, including current and planned activities, how federal funds have been utilized and how additional federal funds can be utilized in the future. The group also discussed the positive results they have seen thus far for the health of Lake Erie, thanks to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

“I had a productive meeting with local officials in Lake County about improving their water infrastructure and economic development issues affecting the area,” said Senator Portman. “Protecting Lake Erie and the rest of the Great Lakes has always been a top priority of mine while serving in Congress and that is why I have led efforts to reauthorize and fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – a successful public-private partnership to protect the water quality and ecosystem of our Great Lakes. I will continue to play a leadership role in the Senate in supporting the health of Lake Erie and in turn, the tourism, fishing, and recreation industries that thrive because of it.”

As Co-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Portman continues to lead the efforts to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms, invasive species, contamination, and microbeads. Portman has led efforts to reauthorize and secure funding for the GLRI, a results-driven program that is addressing the most serious issues that threaten the ecological and economic wellbeing of the Great Lakes basin, such as invasive species, pollution, and toxic contamination. The FY 2022 spending bill includes $348 million for the GLRI, which is $18 million above the FY 2021 spending level of $330 million. This funding for FY 2022 is in addition to the $200 million for the GLRI in FY2022 that Portman worked to secure as part of his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, which will provide the GLRI a total of $1 billion over the next five years. By fighting to keep the Lake Erie cleanprotect the lake from dangerous invasive species and harmful algal bloomsstrengthen fish and wildlife restoration efforts, ensure that Ohioans have safe drinking water, and much more, Portman has demonstrated his commitment to improving the health of Lake Erie and supporting the multiple industries that depend on it.

Photos from the event can be found below: