Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Dave Joyce (R-Ohio), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), and Brian Mast (R-Fla.) have put together a letter to the Office of Management and Budget requesting funding for programs that address harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the FY2020 President’s budget. Please consider making calls to your own representatives urging them to join this letter – last year 53 members joined a similar letter, and we hope to have a strong showing again this year, especially from Great Lakes members.

You may contact your Member of Congress via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or on Twitter.

Algal outbreaks are a national issue that affect waterways across the Great Lakes region, yearly toxic algal outbreaks plague Lake Erie and in 2014 led to unsafe drinking water for thousands of residents of Toledo, Ohio. Communities across the region grapple with annual outbreaks of toxic algae that pollute water, close beaches, and hurt tourism. As the letter below outlines, this issue is serious and growing and funding is needed to address it across the country.

The text of the dear colleague letter and the letter to the Office of Management and Budget can be found here, offices can reach out to TJ.Lowdermilk@mail.house.gov in Ms. Kaptur’s office, Kendall.Kallagher@mail.house.gov in Mr. Joyce’s office, Maxine.Sugarman@mail.house.gov in Ms. Bonamici’s office, or Barry.Smith@mail.house.gov in Mr. Mast’s office to sign on or if they have any questions or concerns.

Deadline for signatures is close of business Wednesday, December 12th.