Today, state Senator Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) announced that the Ohio Controlling Board has released $4 million for the planning and construction of a Conneaut-based facility aimed at cleaning up Lake Erie.
“Lawmakers have the goal of significantly cleaning up Lake Erie by 2020,” said Sen. O’Brien. “Today’s investment provides funding for one of the key projects that will help us meet that goal.”
The Conneaut Creek Dredge Facility will be designed to reduce open lake disposal of silt and possibly hazardous materials. The site will accept up to 75,000 cubic yards per year of material dredged from the bottom of Lake Erie and nearby waterways. Proper disposal of such material can help stop the spread of dangerous contaminants to people and wildlife and ensure the safe passage of boats.
The facility is among three “Healthy Lake Erie” projects across the state approved today. Similar facilities are also slated to be built in Toledo and Lorain, with a total investment of nearly $10 million.
The Healthy Lake Erie initiative is part of the Clean Lake 2020 law, Senate Bill 299, which was sponsored by Senators O’Brien and Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green). The law provides more than $36 million to various water quality programs.
“This bipartisan law is an important example of legislators from both sides of the aisle coming together to get things done for Ohioans,” said Sen. O’Brien. “I am proud to continue working with my colleagues who are dedicated to preserving our Great Lake.”
Additional information about the project can be found here