Bowling Green, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), toured the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in Ottawa County, OH last week. Latta, joined by State Rep. Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton), met with Refuge Manager Jason Lewis to tour the facility, and learn about the agency’s role in addressing Lake Erie water quality by creating and conserving wetlands.
“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to Congressman Latta. We really appreciate the Congressman taking the time to engage with the refuge about wetland conservation and the role of wetlands in improving Lake Erie water quality,” said Lewis.
“Wetlands are one piece of the landscape conservation puzzle needed to address the larger scale issue of nutrients within Lake Erie. The Congressman’s visit to Ottawa shows he is genuinely concerned about this issue and is willing to engage different parties to better understand the problem and solutions. The problem causing the harmful algal blooms within Lake Erie is going to require all of us working together.”
Congressman Latta’s bill, H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, was recently signed into law by the President. The bill ensures the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water to help prevent future emergencies like the one that threatened the drinking water supply of the Greater Toledo Area last summer.
“This is a critical issue for our state and nation. The protection of one of our greatest natural resources, Lake Erie, and of the drinking water supply of northern Ohio is a responsibility shared by the federal, state and local levels,” said Latta. “It was important for me to come here to see and to learn about the Refuge’s efforts to protect and improve the water quality of our national treasure – an important step in further reducing the risk of algal toxins.”
“I was glad to join Congressman Latta at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Center,” stated Rep. Arndt. “A commitment to remain vigilant against the pressures that our precious natural resources face – and seeing firsthand the effects and solutions to these problems – is something we both take very seriously.”