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GCP urges appropriate dredging of Cuyahoga River

The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) recently provided testimony on SB 333, the water quality mid-biennium review bill currently moving through the legislature.

The bill continues efforts by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen policies and regulations that will protect the quality of Lake Erie and other key water channels throughout the state, including strengthening requirements for disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities.

The GCP long has been an advocate of preserving and enhancing the quality of the Great Lakes. In addition to being a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition the GCP works closely with the Ohio EPA and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, who also favor SB 333 to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River. The river is an important water channel for international businesses shipping goods in and out of Cleveland.

“Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River provide significant social and economic benefit to our region and the State of Ohio,” said Marty McGann, the GCP’s senior vice president of advocacy in written testimony.

“Ensuring the Cuyahoga River is dredged appropriately and that dredged material is disposed of properly are critical to maintaining the economic strength of the industries that rely on these shipping channels.”

SB 333 is currently being heard in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The GCP will continue to monitor and support the bill throughout the legislation process.

Click here to read the full testimony.

NOTE: Photo from the Port of Cleveland.