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GCP supports Ohio Senate water quality reform bill

The Ohio Senate recently passed Senate Bill 2, a water quality reform bill that will continue 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.

The bill also includes important provisions that will strengthen requirements for the disposal and safe use of dredged materials from federal navigation channels and connected maritime port facilities. The Greater Cleveland Partnership provided testimony on the bill and has long 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 favors SB 2, to support timely and consistent dredging along the Cuyahoga River, 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.”

You can read GCP’s full testimony here.