U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown discussed issues pertaining to the Cleveland Harbor in a meeting yesterday with officials from the Army Corps of Engineersâ€™ Buffalo District, which encompasses northern Ohio. Brown met with Deputy District Commander Martin Lewton, Deputy for Programs, Planning, and Project Management Thomas Switala, Chief of Programs and Project Management Ron Kozlowski, and Chief of Planning Major Martin Wargo.
â€śThe Cleveland Harbor is critical to the commercial, historical, and recreational life of Northeast Ohio,â€ť Brown said. â€śThatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important to maintain the Corpsâ€™ dredging of the Harbor every year, so that shipping and other port-related activities can continue without interruption.
â€śWe must also continue to be vigilant about preventing Asian carpâ€™s spread to the Great Lakes and Lake Erie,â€ť Brown added. â€śThat means stepping up efforts to prevent the migration of Asian carp into Lake Erieâ€”separating the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes if necessaryâ€”to preserve our lake for future generations of Ohioans.â€ť
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Brown has fought to fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI is an interagency effort to target the most significant problems in the region and jumpstart restoration efforts to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological, and physical integrity of the Great Lakes. GLRI funding has helped support the removal of invasive species and plants in Ohio, funded the Toledo Harbor Sediment Management Plan, and provided resources for a comprehensive monitoring program to assess the nearshore Lake Erie water quality.
Brown is also the original cosponsor of the Harbor Maintenance Act of 2011, a bipartisan bill that would help fund and maintain the nationâ€™s harbors, including Clevelandâ€™s.
Source: senate, November 4, 2011