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One of Western New York’s greatest assets is its proximity to Lake Erie. The Great Lakes are a unique national treasure with global significance, containing 20% of the world’s supply and 95% of America’s supply of surface freshwater. They are also a vital engine of economic activity – supporting 1.5 million jobs, $62 billion in wages, a $7 billion fishery, and providing clean, affordable hydroelectricity. As a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, protecting the health of the Great Lakes is one of Brian’s most important priorities. Brian is one of the most vocal supporters of efforts to protect and preserve the Great Lakes, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and other programs. Brian has also introduced H.R. 600, the Great Lakes Nutrient Removal Assistance Act, which would provide funding to update wastewater treatment plants with nutrient removal technology to keep nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, which can lead to harmful algal blooms, out of the Great Lakes.

 

 

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Jul 1, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act. The bill, co-sponsored by Higgins, dedicates more than $1.5 trillion to rebuilding America’s infrastructure and creating American jobs.

Infrastructure moving forward

(To access video go to: https://youtu.be/zHb4yEFHlwo)

Jun 29, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through a partnership with the Great Lakes Commission, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), in collaboration with the City of Buffalo, NYSDEC, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and the Wilson Foundation, has authorized a request to provide $1,056,914 in federal funding toward the project transforming Buffalo’s Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently urged the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure to adapt and deploy the innovative HABITATS (Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment, and Transformation System) pilot program on Lake Erie to fight harmful algal blooms in their next water infrastructure bill. The Congressman proposed policy text for the next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), major legislation that dictates the United States’ Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects and practices.  

Apr 21, 2020 Press Release

As the United States prepares to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is deeply concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s lax policies are a threat to the incredible progress made to improve Western New York’s air and water quality.

On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a memo reporting it is ceasing all enforcement actions during the coronavirus pandemic.  This is just the latest in nearly 100 environmental rule rollbacks by the current Administration. 

Feb 27, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) testified before the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging continued investments in the protection of the Great Lakes.  His remarks come as members of the committee prepare to draft legislation reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act of 2020.

Feb 5, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives has approved a major increase in funding for the Great Lakes.  Higgins, a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (H.R. 4031).

Jan 7, 2020 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is sounding the alarm on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to rollback safeguards for clean water.  Higgins isn’t alone; the President’s own EPA Science Advisory Board is expressing concern.

Dec 10, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the House of Representatives approved the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (H.R. 729), a bipartisan package of legislation protecting Great Lakes and Coastal communities from the impacts of climate change.

The bundled legislation included an amendment submitted by Congressman Higgins directing United States Geological Survey research to include the impacts of harmful algal blooms, nutrient pollution, and dead zones on Great Lakes fisheries.

Sep 9, 2019 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is asking the United States Army Corps to expand a pilot project, which is seeing success in combatting Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), to the Great Lakes.  

Nov 29, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, announced continued efforts to protect and invest in the Great Lakes.

 

Higgins said, “Efforts to restore the Great Lakes are building stronger, healthier communities.  The results are measurable, but our work continues to protect this valuable fresh water resource.”

 

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