Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik offered an amendment along with Congressman John Katko (NY-24), Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), and Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) to the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act. Their amendment adds “harmful algal bloom development research” to the list of topics the U.S. Geological Survey can include in the research they are directed to conduct under the Great Lakes Fishery Research title of the Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act. This amendment was adopted unanimously into the legislation, which just passed on the House Floor with bipartisan support.

“Harmful Algal Blooms have been reported across my district – including in Franklin, Washington, and Saratoga Counties,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Offering this amendment to support research into why these blooms are developing and how to eradicate them is critical to preserving the North Country’s diverse ecosystems. Tackling any issues that arise that threaten our region is one of my top priorities in Congress – I have a clear record of working to conserve and protect our environment.”