March 11, 2022
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the bipartisan funding bill for fiscal year 2022 includes funding for a host of his key conservation priorities, including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), the National Park Service Centennial Act, Neotropical Migratory Birds Conservation Actthe Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Recovery Act, and the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act. Especially, the bill includes $348 million in funding for the GLRI.
Portman released the following statement:
“I am thrilled that this bipartisan funding measure for fiscal year 2022 will benefit Ohio National Parks and the Great Lakes, especially Lake Erie. The bill increases essential funding for the GLRI, a successful public-private partnership to protect the water quality and ecosystem of our Great Lakes, and also provides funds to combat harmful algal blooms and to protect our populations of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Great Lakes. Basin of lakes. It also includes funding to tackle deferred maintenance projects in two of Ohio’s national parks and Wayne National Forest, and includes my bipartisan legislation to extend funding authority for Ohio & Erie Canalway. In addition, it includes essential international conservation funding to protect rainforests, coral reefs and migratory birds. This bill provides the resources necessary for key conservation programs to preserve Ohio’s natural treasures, and those of the country and the world, for generations to come.
The bipartisan funding bill for fiscal year 2022 included funding for the following conservation programs that Senator Portman championed:
- $348 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Portman led efforts to reauthorize and secure funding for GLRI, a results-based program that tackles the most serious issues that threaten the ecological and economic well-being of the Great Lakes Basin, such as species invasive, pollution and toxic contamination. The fiscal year 2022 spending bill includes $348 million for the GLRI, which is $18 million more than the Expenditure level for the 2021 financial year of $330 million. This FY2022 funding is in addition to the $200 million for GLRI in FY2022 that Portman has been working on secured as part of its bipartisanship Infrastructure Investment and Employment Actwhich will provide GLRI with a total of $1 billion over the next five years.
- $15 million for the Rainforest Conservation Act: Portman first introduced the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (TFCA) in 1998 as a member of the House of Representatives. Last year, Portman introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the TFCA program through fiscal year 2026 at $20 million per year. Accompanying legislation adopted unanimously the House of Representatives in April 2021 and awaits its passage in the Senate. In January 2022, Portman applauded the finalization of a TFCA OK between the United States Government (USG) and the Republic of El Salvador. This FY2022 funding for the TFCA program will allow the U.S. government to enter into additional agreement with other eligible countries.
- Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) funding: In fiscal year 2021, Portman worked to successfully reauthorize the HABHRCA program through fiscal year 2023, which served as the federal government’s research and response toolkit for harmful algal blooms. The final spending bill for fiscal year 2022 includes funding for the HABHRCA through National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs.
- $20 million for the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Act: Portman, a lifelong outdoorsman and frequent visitor to Ohio’s national parks, has long been a leader in the U.S. Senate in efforts to protect our national parks. He is the author of National Park Service Centennial Act, a law signed into law in 2016 that authorizes the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund and the Second Century Endowment Fund, two public-private partnerships that provide additional funding to help preserve our national parks for generations to come. This legislation also authorized funding for the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, to match private contributions made for the purpose of supporting the Park Service.
- Great American Outdoors Act: The 2022 financing bill includes three Ohio projects in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and Wayne National Forest – totaling $50.1 million – to be funded by Portman’s bipartisan Our Parks Restoration Act which was included and developed as part of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act. These projects are: (1) Cuyahoga Valley National Park to stabilize the riverbank in high priority areas along the towpath and valley railroad ($24.9 million); (2) Wayne National Forest to repair the lamp farm and sand dam ($140,000); and (3) Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to rehabilitate the upper plaza ($25.1 million).
- $5 million for migratory birds: by Portman Migratory Birds of the Americas Act provides the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) program with the resources it needs to protect the migratory bird populations that make Lake Erie one of the premier destinations country birdwatching. Birding brings over $20 million to Ohio’s tourism industry and attracts visitors from around the world each year. This fiscal year 2022 funding for the NMBCA program will help sustain migratory bird populations that face threats to their health and habitats.
- Multinational Species Conservation Stamp: The government spending bill for fiscal year 2022 includes language that requires the United States Postal Service (USPS) to continue selling the approximately 41 million Saving Vanishing Species stamps remaining in stock until the end of the year. exercise. Last year, Portman introduced the bipartisan Multinational Species Conservation Fund Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act, which would force USPS to sell the remaining stamps. Proceeds from these stamps help support the five multinational species conservation funds to protect tigers, rhinos, Asian and African elephants, sea turtles and great apes around the world. In February 2022, Portman applauded the committee’s passage of this legislation. Portman successfully secured language in each of the government’s funding bills for fiscal years 2019, 2020 and 2021 to require the USPS to continue selling the species stamp.
- $2 million for the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act: Portman’s bipartisan Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) provides essential resources to conserve and restore fish and wildlife populations in the Great Lakes. In November, Portman introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the GLFWRA program through fiscal year 2027, which authorizes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to partner with other federal, state, and tribal agencies to develop and execute restoration proposals fish and wildlife resources in the Great Lakes basin.
- Ohio and Erie National Heritage Area: Last February, Portman introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Ohio and Erie Canalway National Heritage Area (NHA) through 2036. The bill pass the Senate Committee on Natural Resources in November 2021. The Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area spans the first 110 miles of the canal and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors to the area each year, generating 408 million dollars a year in economic impact and supporting 3,200 jobs. The spending bill for fiscal year 2022 reauthorizes the NHA through fiscal year 2023.
- Protecting Lake Erie from Dredged Material: The fiscal year 2022 spending bill retains Portman’s bipartisan language prohibiting the Army Corps of Engineers from dumping dredged material from the Cuyahoga River navigation channel into Lake Erie without the approval of the Army. State of Ohio that it is safe for the environment.