The Plain Dealer editorial board grows the growing list of newspapers in the region to throw its support behind the national effort to restore the Great Lakes. In an editorial on Sunday, the paper urges Congress to support funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The paper writes:
“The House needs to bump up that funding to $350 million — the amount President Barack Obama requested. His restoration initiative targets threats such as invasive species and toxic blue-green algae blooms that endanger a $7.5 billion commercial fishing industry, 800,000 jobs and the drinking water of 30 million people.”
The paper urges Ohio’s Congressional delegation to step up to the plate to support Great Lakes program. The paper deservedly gives credit to Ohio Reps. Steve LaTourette (R-Bainbridge Township) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo), both of whom sit on the House Appropriations Committee and, in the words of the paper, “have been instrumental in keeping the initiative afloat.”
That’s the kind of bi-partisan support that is needed—in the House and Senate. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman have the opportunity to lead on this issue and help restore funding to essential programs that citizens in Ohio and the region rely on for their drinking water, jobs, and way of life.