The Gardner amendment re-appropriates about $1.6 million of existing state funds toward conservation practices in the counties of the Western Lake Erie Basin and specifically provides for transferring money to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund to address open lake dumping.
“Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s most important natural assets,” Gardner said in sponsoring the amendment. “Open lake dumping of dredge materials is one of several factors we believe is contributing to algae problems in Lake Erie. We must be more aggressive in our efforts to clean up the lake.”
Gardner’s district includes Erie and Ottawa counties. His amendment is included in legislation scheduled for a final committee and Senate floor vote next week. The bill and amendment will then be considered by the House of Representatives in December.