Today Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson and Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent have reaffirmed their commitment to the health and safety of our Great Lakes by signing a revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Though the release of an updated agreement is long-overdue, I am pleased that we now have this new document to take the steps necessary to address changing threats to the Great Lakes region.
The health of our Great Lakes is critical to the economic success of the Great Lakes region, including the Buffalo area. We must only look to the revitalization of our Inner and Outer Harbors along Lake Erie as a reminder of this.
The Great Lakes are the largest source of fresh water in the world and account for over $7 billion in economic activity annually. It is more important than ever before to affirm our commitment to protecting the health of our waterways and this updated agreement is just the beginning we need to redouble our efforts.
United State Congressman Brian Higgins