Rep. Brian Higgins wants U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt to strengthen the agency's stance on harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
The South Buffalo congressman, in a letter this week, urged Pruitt to immediately bolster the Great Lakes' Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator's resources to reduce the ongoing threat to public health, the environment and the economy from toxic algae.
Toxic algal blooms, which can result in liver and nerve damage, proliferate during the mid to late summer months.
They were detected this week in the open waters of Lake Erie near Toledo for the first time in 2017.
Though found mostly on the western side of Lake Erie, Higgins said the issue is important to the entire watershed.
"In Buffalo, our waterfront is inextricably linked to the health of Lake Erie," Higgins explained.