Sending Office: Honorable Marcy Kaptur
Support research into harmful algal blooms
Current cosigners: Kaptur, Joyce, Posey, Soto, Gallagher, Wasserman-Shultz
Supporting Orgs: Alliance for the Great Lakes, Natural Resources Defense Council, Healing Our Waters Coalition, and Ohio Environmental Council
Cosigners of the FY18 version of this letter: Kaptur, Joyce, Duffy, Tim Ryan,
Please join us in supporting research into harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs are a naturally occurring phenomena which have long plagued every state in the nation. In recent years, however, both the incidence and the toxicity of HABs have increased markedly.
Numerous examples exist of the significant damages that HABs cause. In 2014, a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie forced 400,000 residents in the Toledo, Ohio area to go without home water service for 3 days. The massive algae “blob” during the summer of 2015
To minimize the consequences of these events, we must increase our understanding of HABs, our ability to forecast them accurately, and our knowledge of the human health impacts associated with them. Please join us in a letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney
For more information, or to cosign the letter, please contact T.J. Lowdermilk (TJ.Lowdermilk@mail.house.gov; 5-4146) in Rep. Kaptur’s office.
Marcy Kaptur David P. Joyce
Member of Congress Member of Congress
November XX, 2017
The Honorable Mick Mulvaney
Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20503
Dear Director Mulvaney:
We write to respectfully request that you allocate robust funding in the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for programs that address a widespread and ever-increasing problem affecting every state in the nation: toxic algae blooms, also called harmful
Toxic blooms harm human health and cause several billion dollars in economic losses each year. While we have made significant advances in our understanding of where, when and why blooms occur, we must improve our ability to mitigate their impacts on our
Recent examples of these impacts include:
Alarmingly, a coordinated study released this year from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that from a single sampling of all lakes nationwide,
Yet, it is more frightening to note that these studies also highlighted the fact that the detection methods we have relied upon in fresh, brackish, and salt water were inadequate to detect all the toxins that various types of algae produce.
To make the necessary progress toward understanding and addressing the significant and expanding threats that toxic algae pose to human health and our national economy, we ask that you prioritize a strong and coordinated federal response in this year’s budget
We look forward to your response and to working with you to reduce the impacts of HABs on the American people.
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