Once Again, It Takes A U.S. Congressman from Buffalo to Stand Up for the Protection of Our Great Lakes

Where Are the Voices of his Federal Counterparts on the Canadian Side on Great Lakes Issues? To Quote the Title of an old Beatles Song – “Nowhere Man”

A News Release from the Buffalo, New York Office of U.S. Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins

Posted July 6th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Higgins Announces Passage of the Local Water Protection Act Legislation Addresses Waterway Pollution

A look at the world’s greatest single supply of fresh water from space.

Buffalo, New York – Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced passage of H.R. 2008, the Local Water Protection Act, a bill that authorizes $200 million annually in Fiscal Years 2022 through 2026 for programs that protect our nation’s waterways from runoff pollution.

“We have made significant progress in fighting the first generation of pollution from industries on the shores of the Great Lakes. Now, we must incorporate the second generation, nonpoint source pollution, into our prevention and revitalization strategies,” said Congressman Higgins. “The Great Lakes are an incredible resource economically, environmentally, and recreationally, and this federal funding will help continue the progress made towards their recovery.”

Buffalo, New York area Democratic U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins has had an ongoing record of speaking out for our shared Great Lakes, with no apparent support from his Liberal MP counterparts on the Canadian side.

The bill works to combat nonpoint source water pollution generated when agricultural or urban runoff is carried through rainfall or snowmelt into lakes and rivers.

The Environmental Protection Agency points out that 70% of Americans live within 2 miles of a polluted coastal area, lake, river or stream. The Niagara River has benefited from this program and is listed among the EPA’s nonpoint sources pollution success stories.<https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/ny_niagara.pdf>

Nonpoint source water pollution is a current problem in the Great Lakes. Agricultural runoff can produce harmful algal blooms, like those that plague Western Lake Erie.

Harmful algal blooms create dead zones in water and are toxic to humans and animals. A bloom has been spotted as close as Presque Isle, near Erie, PA, only 90 miles from Buffalo. Higgins pushed for a demonstration project<https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/higgins-announces-approval-of-2021-budget-package-funding-critical> aimed at eliminating harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie to be included in the 2021 budget.

Higgins, a member of the bipartisan Great Lakes Task Force announced in January the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act<https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/major-boost-to-great-lakes-funding-backed-by-higgins-becomes-law> was signed into law, increasing funding for Great Lakes efforts to $475 million by 2026.

To read a report about toxic algae contaminating the Niagara, Ontario shoreline of Lake Ontario, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/07/02/toxic-algae-shows-up-on-lake-ontario-shoreline-in-niagara/ .

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One response to “Once Again, It Takes A U.S. Congressman from Buffalo to Stand Up for the Protection of Our Great Lakes

  1. I really wouldn’t expect Doug Ford to be interested in water, other than to pave over wetlands.

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