Portman Visits Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor for Update on Great Lakes Protection Protocols

August 10, 2020 | Press Releases

CLEVELAND, OH— Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited the Coast Guard's Ninth District HQ at Station Cleveland Harbor and met with the commander, Rear Admiral Donna L. Cottrell to receive an update on District operations, as well as Great Lakes shipping and environmental issues. The Ninth Coast Guard District is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states including 6,700 miles of shoreline and 1,500 miles of the international border with Canada. 

“I had a great visit today touring the U.S. Coast Guard's Ninth District and meeting with Rear Admiral Donna L. Cottrell about the Coast Guard efforts to protect and preserve the Great Lakes,” said Portman. “We owe the great men and women of the "Guardians of the Great Lakes" a great debt for all they do to keep us safe and protect our environment.  As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, I will continue to lead the fight to protect our Great Lakes while ensuring our shipping industry in Ohio and across the region remains competitive. Lake Erie is an Ohio treasure that provides drinking water for millions of Ohioans, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, and draws millions of visitors each year. I will continue to fight to help preserve this treasure for future generations.” 

Portman 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 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. Last year, 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 can be found below: