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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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Aug 16, 2011 Press Release

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Jul 20, 2011 Press Release

During today’s markup on the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (H.R. 2583), Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, offered amendments which seek to protect the Great Lakes.


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Jul 15, 2011 Press Release

“I am pleased to see that Ohio Governor John Kasich has vetoed legislation in his state that would have allowed businesses to remove up to 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie. Like us, Governor Kasich has shown that he recognizes the environmental and economic devastation that could have resulted if this bill had become law. As the largest source of surface fresh water in the world, the Great Lakes are an asset not to be taken for granted.

Jul 14, 2011 Press Release

In a speech on the House floor today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) stood up for the Great Lakes and challenged legislation in the Ohio state legislature that would threaten Lake Erie.


Jul 13, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the Congressional Great Lakes Task Force, sent a letter urging Ohio Governor John Kasich to veto legislation in his state that would allow businesses to remove 5 million gallons of water a day from Lake Erie. 

Apr 27, 2011 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the beginning of construction on a project that will consolidate facilities at Sector Buffalo for the U.S. Coast Guard.  The work, made possible with federal funding secured by Congressman Higgins, will allow for public access to a new section of the Outer Harbor including the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Feb 14, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) provided initial reaction to President Obama’s 2012 federal budget released today.
Aug 9, 2010 Press Release
Today environmental, business, and civic leaders urged Congress to fund solutions for the sewage crisis in the Great Lakes region. Leaders in Buffalo are urging the federal government to boost funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to $2.7 billion for fiscal year 2011. Every year billions of gallons of untreated sewage is dumped into the Great Lakes as detailed in the report from Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Turning the Tide: Investing in Wastewater Infrastructure to Create Jobs and Solve the Sewage Crisis in the Great Lakes.