State Rep. Chris Redfern (D- Catawba Island) issued the following statement in response to the restoration of $285,000 per fiscal year in state funds for Lake Erie’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program.
“I am pleased to see the state’s commitment to Lake Erie’s Sea Grant College Program continue. Gov. Kasich had originally nixed this vital resource in his version of the budget, but thanks to the efforts and leadership of Assistant Minority Whip Rep. Dan Ramos, this program will be able to continue on its important mission of research, education and outreach for our Great Lake.
“Thanks are in order for Senator Randy Gardner as well, who has supported the Sea Grant Program since its inception. It is imperative that we do all we can to enhance Lake Erie and Ohio’s coastal resources.
“This is a wise investment and I am confident that we will find solutions to the most harrowing problems Lake Erie faces. Ohioans deserve the best for our greatest natural resource, and through the continued partnerships of the Sea Grant program, we can ensure that this is the case.”
For more information on the Sea Grant program, go to www.ohioseagrant.osu.edu.