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Great Lakes


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.



More on Great Lakes

Feb 5, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, discussed the importance of the Great Lakes from both an environmental and economic standpoint at a Washington, DC Summit and on the House Floor. 
Jan 8, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the release of a long-anticipated study by the Army Corps of Engineers on options for preventing the spread of invasive species, including Asian carp, in the Great Lakes basin.
Oct 24, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced approval of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
Sep 24, 2013 Press Release
Community leaders, private industry, state and federal representatives joined forces today to kick off the next phase of major investment into the restoration of 6.2 miles of the Buffalo River. This internationally recognized project is one of the largest river clean-ups in the country. The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership includes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Great Lakes National Program Office, Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER®, Honeywell, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Over the last decade, the combined efforts from the various partners in this partnership have leveraged nearly $75 million dollars into restoration of the Buffalo River and its shoreline, making it one of the Great Lakes most successful revitalization efforts.
Aug 8, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) welcomed the United States Geological Survey (USGS) research vessel, the Muskie, to Canalside for public tours.
Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
Representatives Brian Higgins and Chris Collins won approval for an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 which prohibits any funds in the bill from being used to consolidate or move functions performed by the Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo or Chicago Sectors.
Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
An amendment led by Congressmembers Tom Reed and Brian Higgins to restore millions in funding for nuclear cleanup at the West Valley Demonstration Project site passed the House of Representatives Tuesday evening, ensuring cleanup efforts are able to continue at the local site.
Jun 24, 2013 Press Release
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Chris Collins (NY-27) are objecting to efforts by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to move functions performed in the Buffalo region to Louisville and Detroit.
Jun 7, 2013 Press Release
Congressmembers Brian Higgins and Louise M. Slaughter introduced the Great Lakes Navigation System Sustainability Act to modernize the current Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS). This legislation would establish a single, comprehensive Great Lakes Navigation System for budgeting purposes. It would take all the individually authorized commercial and recreational navigation projects in the Great Lakes and recognize them as a unified entity to ensure adequate funding. This legislation also creates a program to help reduce the harbor maintenance backlog.
May 29, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) joined Cameron Davis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Senior Advisor on Great Lakes issues, and Western New York leaders and community members for discussions on the future of the Great Lakes.