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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator and Great Lakes National Program Manager, Dr. Susan Hedman, to express concern about possible delays to the next phase of the Buffalo River Restoration as a result of budget sequestration and uncertainty about FY 2013 appropriation amounts.
Today, Representatives Brian Higgins (NY-27), and Kathy Hochul (NY-26) announced $1.4 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Recipients such as the Research Foundation of SUNY-Buffalo State College will use the funds to address invasive species in New York State.
Congressman Brian Higgins led a coalition of 15 of his House of Representatives colleagues in sending a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to heed the warnings of a recent report published by American and Canadian scientists with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The report identifies the invasion of the Great Lakes by Asian Carp as a more imminent threat than initially realized.
By a vote of 223-195 this evening, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to the 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would increase funding for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site. The amendment was introduced by Congressman Tom Reed (NY-29) and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27).
Congressman Brian Higgins applauded today’s announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide Congress and the public the opportunity to identify a potential permanent Asian carp solution by next year, much earlier than initially expected.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the award of $167,000 in federal funding for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The grant, provided through the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, will support Phase II of the Buffalo Riverbend project.
By a vote of 261-162, today the House of Representatives approved an amendment introduced by Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) that restores funding for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move that actually saves $120 million which would have resulted from clean-up delays.
U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term. The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.