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Matt Doss
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Great Lakes Commission
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What the Great Lakes mean to Ohio

Lake Erie is one of Ohio’s most valuable natural resources and an essential element in Ohio’s economic development strategy. The lake provides abundant fresh water for drinking and industry, shipping goods and commodities, commercial and sport fishing, and transportation and recreation.

Recreation and Tourism

Lake Erie tourism supports nearly 124,000 jobs in Ohio. Visitors to Ohio’s eight coastal counties spend $14.1 billion annually and generate $1.8 billion in state and local taxes. The lake supports a $1.5 billion sport fishing industry, a recreational boating industry that generates more than 19,500 jobs with an economic impact of $3.6 billion annually, and is home to the largest charter boat industry in North America. 

Commercial Navigation

Ohio’s nine federally authorized commercial shipping ports rely on Lake Erie to move an average of 40 million tons of cargo each year. Domestic cargoes include iron ore for steel production (Ohio is the second-largest steel-making state in the nation), limestone and cement for construction, coal for power generation, salt to de-ice wintry roads.  Oceangoing vessels deliver general cargo. More than 28,000 jobs are supported by maritime shipping operations in the state and contribute $2.1 billion in personal income and $3 billion in business revenue.

Solving Problems Facing Lake Erie

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) supports state and local efforts to solve the most serious problems facing Lake Erie. This includes actions to prevent harmful algal blooms as part of a multi‐faceted, multi‐year collaborative approach to reduce discharges and runoff that contribute to nuisance and toxic algal blooms. In addition, GLRI funds have been used in Ohio to expand wildlife habitat, address invasive species, promote beneficial use of dredge material and install storm water green infrastructure.

The GLRI is directing significant funding to federal, state and local agencies as well as organizations carrying out efforts that will provide measurable improvements to the Lake Erie basin ecosystem and other parts of the Great Lakes.

Through FY 2016, the GLRI has provided $199 million for 289 restoration projects in Ohio. 

To learn more about the GLRI in Ohio, check out our fact sheet. 

Click the filter icon on the left side of the map to view projects by state or use the search bar to enter zip codes or addresses to narrow your search. Click on the dots to learn more about Ohio-specific projects, funding sources, restoration partners, and project outcomes.

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To see an expanded map of GLRI projects in Ohio and across the region visit click here. 

For More Information

Matt Doss
Policy Director
Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6064
[email protected]

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