Protecting our Natural Resources

Throughout my career I have fought to protect and conserve our natural resources. We have made our air cleaner to breathe and our water safer to drink, but environmental stewardship is an ongoing responsibility. From fighting to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes to preserving our streams, forests, and wildlife, it is important that we continue to protect our environment for both current and future generations.  


  • Brown Announces New Resources For Projects To Advance Sustainable Shale Development Practices

    Two Ohio research institutions will receive resources for projects to advance sustainable shale development practices. Ohio University in Athens and Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus will use U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) resources to address potential issues while reducing the environmental impact of shale development.

    “Our state has already seen how increased development in the Marcellus and Utica shale has boosted Ohio’s steel and chemical industry, created jobs, and provided a cleaner burning fuel source,” Brown said. “But we must ensure that our air and water is protected for current and future generations. This researc…Read More

    Posted on 11/28/2012 | Public health, University, Environment, Health, Allen, Ohio University, Shale, Sustainable
  • Sens. Brown, Toomey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Prevent Invasion Of Asian Carp To Ohio River Basin

    U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation that would help prevent the invasion of Asian carp to the Ohio River basin. The Strategic Response to Asian Carp Invasion Act will enable the federal government to have a more effective partnership with state and local entities that are fighting to end the spread of Asian carp.

    “The continued movement of Asian carp up the Ohio River could grind to a halt Ohio's multi-million dollar fishing and boating industries,” Brown said. “The Ohio River basin remains dangerously vulnerable to an Asian carp invasion. The Stra…Read More

    Posted on 11/28/2012 | bipartisan, Asian Carp, Carp, Ohio
  • Brown Announces Support Of Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he is supporting the Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2012, bipartisan legislation aimed at preserving the Great Lakes and bolstering economic growth throughout the Great Lakes region. The legislation, introduced by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), is intended to protect the Great Lakes—and the millions of jobs they support—from a variety of ecological threats and invasive species.

    “Protecting Lake Erie is about protecting Ohio’s drinking water and the thousands of fishing, boating, and recreation jobs that are dependent on clean and safe waters,&rdquo…Read More

    Posted on 9/25/2012 | Great Lakes
  • Brown: Great Lakes Week Reminds Us We Must Do All We Can To Preserve Lake Erie And Its Thousands Of Jobs

    With Great Lakes Week kicking off in Cleveland today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today calling for more to be done to protect Lake Erie and the thousands of jobs it supports. Brown has repeatedly called for full funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and fought to pass new legislation, the Stop Invasive Species Act, which requires action on permanent solutions to stop the invasive Asian carp from entering Lake Erie. According to the State of Ohio, Lake Erie is responsible for $11 billion in visitor spending alone.

    “Lake Erie is more than just a…Read More

    Posted on 9/10/2012
  • With Asian Carp DNA Found In The Western Lake Erie Basin, Brown Continues To Push For Hydrological Separation As Best Solution For Keeping Invasive Species Out Of Lake Erie

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is continuing to push for hydrological separation as the best solution for keeping Asian carp out of Lake Erie after the Ohio and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that 20 out of 150 samples taken throughout Sandusky Bay and the Sandusky River have tested positive for the presence of silver carp environmental DNA (eDNA).  According to the release, positive eDNA samples do not confirm the presence of Asian carp, but could…Read More

    Posted on 8/28/2012
  • Brown Announces Bill to Protect the Village of Zoar

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-Standing with Ohioans in Tuscarawas County and beyond in calling for the Village of Zoar to be preserved, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he will introduce legislation to protect the Village of Zoar as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) studies ways to manage the town’s aging levee.  Brown’s bill would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to preserve the historic integrity of Zoar in any study or construction activities related to the village’s levee.

    “The Zoar levee was built to help one of Ohio’s historic communities thrive along the Tuscarawas River, but this aging structure is in ur…Read More

    Posted on 8/7/2012
  • Sen. Brown’s Office Convenes Meeting with Key Grand Lake St. Marys Stakeholders

    ST MARYS, OH- Several key advisors from the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  attended a strategy meeting on efforts to combat toxic algae blooms at Grand Lake St Marys. Grand Lake St Marys has been affected by toxic blue-green algae that has left the lake unsafe for swimming, contributed to a decline in tourism, and reduced economic activity and local business in the area.

    “A healthy Grand Lake St Marys is critical to Ohio’s prosperity—and achieving this goal requires a comprehensive approach. By working with local farmers, community leaders, and federal officials, we can take steps toward revitalizing Grand Lake St Marys and the recreation, t…Read More

    Posted on 7/17/2012