Last month, OCF VP Stefan Marsh and I traveled to Washington DC with a coalition of more than eighty sportsmen & women and conservationists (including colleagues from Ducks Unlimited, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association) from the eight Great Lake States to educate our public officials on the importance of a healthy Lake Erie to Ohio’s hunters, anglers and trappers. Lake Erie, an important source of drinking water, is also a major economic engine in the state of Ohio, supporting a multi-billion dollar fishing, boating, and tourism industry on our north coast. We were glad to learn this week that nine Ohio congressmen and women signed on to a bipartisan letter in support of restoring funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Those nine include the letter’s author David Joyce (R – Dist 14), along with Bob Gibbs (R – Dist 7), Jim Renacci (R – Dist 16), Tim Ryan (D – Dist 13), Marcia Fudge (D – Dist 10), Joyce Beatty (D – Dist 10), Bill Johnson (R – Dist 6), Michael Turner (R – Dist 10), and Steve Stivers (R – 15). Thanks to each of you for your support of this important legislation!!
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