Protect the Great Lakes -- DeWine
By Rick Neale
Port Clinton News Herald
Published August 4th, 2004
DANBURY TOWNSHIP -- U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine believes restoration
and protection of the Great Lakes are regional priorities
that should be pursued by Ohio and its neighboring states.
"I think we have, on the (scientific) merits, a
great case, DeWine said Tuesday during a brief press conference
at East Harbor State Park. "No. 2, politically we
have a great case. We should be in great shape. We just
need the political will to get it done."
The Republican is chairman of the U.S. Senate Great Lakes
Task Force and a sponsor of the Great Lakes Environmental
Restoration Act. Unveiled in July 2003, the bill would
provide $6 billion over a 10-year period for ecosystem
initiatives and monitoring programs.
That money will be used to battle invasive species, erosion,
contaminated sediment and evolving lists of other tasks.
DeWine said progress in protecting Lake Erie is slowly
"Any long-term plan by the administration and by
the Congress is going to have to ultimately recognize
it's going to take more money," he said.
DeWine's remarks were delivered during a press tour of
various Ottawa County coastal sites, organized by various
environmental groups: Ducks Unlimited, League of Ohio
Sportsmen, National Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy
and Ohio Environmental Council.
The entourage toured East Harbor State Park by bus and
later visited the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory
on Gibraltar Island and Put-in-Bay.
"The Great Lakes are a national treasure,"
said Tim Eder, National Wildlife Federation director of
Since 2002, DeWine secured $2 million to help finance
the state's purchase of North Bass Island and $2 million
to buy wetlands along Sandusky Bay.
Contact staff writer Rick Neale at 419-734-7506 or email@example.com