(Erie County, N.Y.) – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) has joined the Great Lakes Task Force. The Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces (GLTF) are a bipartisan, bicameral group that works to enact policies that promote the environmental health of the lakes and economic prosperity for the Great Lakes region. The group was founded in the 1980s and has worked on numerous projects to improve lake infrastructure, promote economic development, improve drinking water quality, and combat invasive species. The House GLTF is currently co-chaired by Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Dave Joyce (R-OH).
“The Great Lakes are a cornerstone of our Western New York economy, culture, and recreation. Ensuring they are healthy for generations to come, while also working to prevent severe flooding in our lakeshore communities are major priorities of mine,” Jacobs said. “Joining this task force, along with my membership on the Northern Border Caucus, puts me in a strong position to advocate for productive and impactful Great Lakes policies, as well as ensure the needs of our local economies and residents are met.”
Recently, Jacobs also successfully secured funding for the IJC’s expedited review of Plan 2014 in the latest appropriations bill. In addition, he has supported the Water Resources Development Act that funds an important Coastal Resiliency Study and he successfully advocated for increased outflows from Lake Ontario to help prevent severe shoreline flooding.
“I am committed to working to advocate for policies that protect our lakeshore communities and small businesses while giving them the best environment to thrive,” Jacobs said. “I am excited to join this task force and continue my work to advocate for Western New York in Congress.”