Aiming to better coordinate efforts to restore the Great Lakes, promote related educational opportunities, and boost the region’s economic prospects, an Ohio legislator crafted a bill to create a federal Great Lakes Authority.
Since Rep. March Kaptur, D-Toledo, and several other Democrats introduced the bill in Congress this spring, not much has happened. But Tom Henry, environmental reporter at The (Toledo) Blade newspaper said that it’s a new concept to “dovetail everything together” big programs into one authority.
“Most programs such as the US EPA Great Lakes national program officer are focused in one area, in that case on the environment. This is trying to unify the region’s efforts on business education, environmental restoration and other aspects,” Henry said. “It will be interesting to see how much bipartisan support this gets.”