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For the Lakes' Sake - Great Lakes Restoration in Congress

March 7, 2007

A major Great Lakes restoration bill will be introduced in Congress today. The plan would boost funding to fight invasive species, clean up toxic sediments, and improve water quality.

Jeff Skelding, with the "Healing Our Waters", campaign says Ohio would get a lot of help with a major problem; sewage treatment.

"We'd see an infusion of federal resources for the rehabilitation of aging sewage infrastructure, which is currently responsible for leaking raw sewage into Lake Erie. That has resulted in beach closings and threats to public health."

Skelding adds full-scale Great Lakes restoration is long overdue. The bill would also fund wetland restoration in the Great Lakes basin, and Skelding says all of Ohio would benefit from that.

"A vast majority of the original wetlands in the state of Ohio have vanished, and wetlands are essential for wildlife habitat and pollution prevention."

The bill is expected to be introduced this afternoon, just before a House hearing on invasive species.

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH